As far as weekends goes, this one wasn’t too terribly exciting, but with everything that we have coming up, I’ll definitely take a weekend of prepping and getting ready for vacation over some extreme busyness! So let’s start the week off with a little bit of weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Preparing For Europe


It seems like Chris and I have been going and going nonstop lately with lots of weekend trips, and we haven’t really had time for an actual date night. So Friday night that changed since we actually had a weekend at home. Chris picked me up from the bus stop and we grabbed a quick dinner at La Madeleine’s before heading to the movies to finally see Guardians of the Galaxy 2! We both had heard so many good things about the movie, and we were definitely not disappointed! It was just as funny and action packed as the first one, and needless to say, we’re definitely looking forward to the next movie in the series!


We were up bright and early Saturday morning so that we could get started running errands for our Europe trip, but our first order of business was taking Dart on a nice long walk off leash. I swear he will try to pull that way every time we go on a walk now because he loves being free and all of the sights and smells too.

So after we were done with our 3 mile walk to start the day off, we went home and showered and then headed out to start our day. There were a few things that we needed to pick up for our Europe trip, including new shoes for Chris and I, so we decided to head to the Galleria and finally try out Shake Shack while we were in the area. I had the chance to try it in Vegas and loved it, and I knew that Chris would love it as well! It was a delicious start to our shopping trip, and we also managed to get everything that we needed at the mall.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Preparing For Europe

Another reason that we went to the Galleria was that we needed to stop by Houston Camera Exchange to exchange the pancake lens that I had bought last year for one that had autofocus. Chris was also hankering to get a new tripod for our trip, and he wanted to look at another lens for his camera as well, so it was definitely a worthwhile stop. While Chris didn’t get his lens this time around, I now have a little bit of an idea of what he might be getting for his birthday later on this year!

The rest of the day was spent watching some TV at home and finally nailing down our plans for Europe 100%. I had consulted my Rick Steves books numerous times and had plans and quite a bit of our tours and stuff booked, but we still hadn’t looked at restaurants and how the public transportation was going to work. Thankfully Chris and I spent a few long hours Saturday evening knocking out Paris and Edinburgh, and we’re both really excited about the amazing food that we’re going to eat and all of the things that we’re going to do and see!


Sunday was our day to sleep in and to wake up sans alarm clock, and oh my goodness did it feel good to sleep in until 9:00! We decided that Dart deserved another walk, so we took him on one after we’d woken up. Unfortunately it was already way hotter than it was yesterday, so our walk wasn’t quite as nice as the day before, but that didn’t stop Dart from enjoying it!

After that we ran by Eddie Bauer and picked up some rain jackets for our trip since London and Edinburgh are likely to have some rain in the forecast and the last thing that we’d want would be to miserable and wet walking around the city! Thankfully they were having a sale, and we got both of our jackets for a little bit more than one normally.

I’d been craving some Mexican food for a while, so Chris was sweet and took me to Chuy’s for a Fur Mama’s Day celebration. I had forgotten how much I love that creamy jalapeño dip, and it was so good to eat it again!

After we picked up the groceries we headed home to get the final details pulled together for the London leg of our trip. Let’s just say that we’re going to be eating a ton of fish and chips and finally trying out some Indian food as well!

The rest of our Sunday was spent relaxing, backing up pictures just in case anything happens on our trip, and watching a little bit of Outlander to get us ready for Scotland! This weekend definitely wasn’t the most exciting of weekends, but I felt like we got a lot done for our trip and I feel even more ready for it! It’s hard to believe that in less than 2 weeks we’ll be hopping across the pond for our second European adventure!

Did you have a good weekend? Do you like to have a weekend to prepare before a big trip?

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A weekend preparing for our Europe trip was filled with lots of errands and research, but also some pretty delicious food!

  • noms, now i want shake shack for lunch. ha luckily i have one across the street! (deadly). I def need time to prep before a vacation – ESP europe. i just feel better getting everything cleaned and tidy at my apt before i go so i can come home to a nice home 🙂 happy monday!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • I still have a list of things that we need to do before we leave and that includes making sure the house is clean and we take out the trash and stuff like that. That would be so deadly for me too if there was a Shake Shack that close to the office. There’s a Chick-fil-A within walking distance and I’d be there everyday if it was across the street!

  • Chuys jalapeño ranch 😍. So exciting y’all are going to Europe so soon. I’m jealous! And did you say trying Indian food?!

    • Yes! I’m probably the only person on this earth who hasn’t tried Indian food! I think that I’d like it since I love spicy but we’ve just never made it to a restaurant yet. We were seriously talking about the creamy jalapeño all this weekend that I made Chris go again this Sunday! Plus I know that I’ll miss Mexican food in Europe!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I would give anything to sleep until nine. Yesterday I could’ve done so but I was up bright and early wide awake at 6 o’clock. Ha ha That food looks crazy delicious, and I am so excited for you guys getting ready for Europe. Plus I know you are going to give us the best recaps of your amazing vacation!

    • Thank you! One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to share all the little details of our trips! It helps me to remember everything when I go back and do our family yearbooks! And I don’t know what my deal has been but I’ve been able to sleep in lately! It’s been awesome, but I know it won’t last long!

  • Sounds like a great weekend!! Did you guys do anything special to train Dart to walk off leash? We’d like to try it with our dog, but we haven’t been brave enough yet!

    • We really didn’t do much for training for Dart except to enroll him in the puppy training classes at PetSmart. We learned a lot of basic commands there and then being out in the country where there’s not the risk of cars helped a lot to train Dart off leash. I definitely recommend trying things out in a controlled environment first!

  • OMG Shake Shack. Drooling just looking at that picture. So. Freaking. Good. And so jealous of your trip to Scotland soon! I can’t wait to follow along, it’s going to be so much fun! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • I can’t believe that our trip is already here! I feel like we’ve been thinking about it for so long that it’s surreal that it’s really time for it! And Shake Shack was seriously so good! I’m kind of glad that it’s far away otherwise I’d end up eating it all the time!

  • Biana Perez

    Trip planning is the absolute best – especially when it’s for EUROPE!! I love shake shack so much – I usually treat myself to one every few months and there is a new location that opened near my work. Random, but I planned a baby shower for a work colleague and the theme was shake, rattle and roll so we had shake shack delivered to the office – it was beyond a hit! Hope you have a great start to the week! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • That’s such a good idea for a baby shower, and I’m sure that the mom to be loved those burgers! Shake Shack is seriously so good, but I would be huge if it was close by, so I’m glad that it’s a little bit hard to get to. And it was kind of exhausting to get the final plans in place, but I’m so glad that we did! I can’t wait until we’re there!

  • I’m so excited for you just hearing about your Europe plans! How fun that it will be here before you know it. Happy Monday!

    • I know! I seriously can’t believe that we’re leaving on Thursday! I think that this trip will be even more special since it’ll just be Chris and I for a good portion of the trip.

  • Ashley Angle

    Wow, that food looks sooooooo good. Wish we had Shake Shack’s in Michigan!! It sounds like Dart got a lot of exercise this weekend! What day do you guys leave for your trip! We leave on the 25th!! Can’t wait! Excited for you!
    Ashley @ A Cute Angle //

    • We leave on Thursday of this week and I can’t wait and also can’t believe that it’s already here! And I’m still so surprised that it took me this long to actually make it to the Shake Shack in Houston! It was so good and I know that we’ll be back soon!

  • Christina Sotherden

    Mmm shake shack! We haven’t been in forever and that looks delicious! Trip planning is such fun but also it’s so nice once you’ve got the plans out of the way and ready – I can’t wait to follow along with that trip!

    • Thank you! And I’m a huge planner, so it was nice to 100% plan out all the details of our trip and know exactly what was going to happen! We missed going when we were in NYC so I was glad that we were able to try it out at their Houston location!

  • Oh I love shake shack. I can’t wait to go to NYC this fall just so I can have it again! hahahah Lucky you have one near you. Glad you had a productive weekend prepping for your trip! I am so jealous, I hope that you guys have the best time. I can’t wait to hear about it!! 🙂 I definitely like to spend the weekend before a trip getting organized and cleaned up around the house too! Glad you liked Guardians. I did too! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • It’s seriously just so surreal that it’s already time for our trip! I feel like we’ve been planning for a while but then not really that long at all! And we really are so lucky that one opened up near us! They actually have a Shake Shack at the baseball stadium in town too which I think is so cool! Hopefully you’ll make it back to NYC soon!

  • Rachel

    Ok, now I’m starving haha! I have been wanting to try Shake Shack too but the one by us is at the busiest mall in DC and parking is the worst so I typically avoid the area! I have heard so many great things about the place though — I guess I will have to try it when I’m visiting a different city! That’s great you had a good weekend preparing for your trip, it will be here so soon! Happy Monday, Ashley!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I know! We leave on Thursday and it’s seriously just so surprising! This Shake Shack is in the most crowded mall in Houston and we definitely just planned on getting there as early as possible and then got in line at Shake Shack pretty much as soon as it opened. I was thinking that there would already be a line, but thankfully there wasn’t! I hope that you make it there or to another location soon!

  • Nadine

    Oh man, your Shake Shack food looks so good! Give me all the cheese fries!!! And YESSSS to Chuy’s jalapeno dip! I think we need to take Zoe there soon. A good place for kids since it is usually sort of noisy there. Sounds like you got a lot done for your trip! I cant wait to read about it when you guys get back!

    • I can’t believe that it’s already time for our trip and I can’t wait to share everything about this trip! We pretty much planned the whole thing this time around and I think that for Chris and I even more excited for this Europe trip. And yes Chuy’s is perfect with a baby, and I have to admit that we went back there yesterday for a late lunch/early dinner because I had been talking about the creamy jalapeño ranch all weekend and was cracking it again!

  • I can’t WAIT to read about your trip!!!

  • Oh have so much fun on your trip!!

  • Jen

    You are going to have an amazing trip! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to finally share it! We planned the whole thing this time, and I seriously can’t wait until we’re there!

  • Aww, so cute he took you out for a Fur Mama’s Day celebration! I’m so excited your trip is so close! You are going to have so much fun! 🙂

    • Thank you! I was definitely spoiled and I loved it! I can’t believe that our trip is right around the corner and I’m so excited for Thursday to get here!

  • I love that you had a little fur mama’s day celebration 🙂 Mexican food is my favorite. I can’t wait to see your awesome photos with the new camera items! Have a great week!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • Thank you! And I’m a huge fan of Mexican food too, and it had been forever since we’d been out to eat it, so it was nice to celebrate Mother’s Day there! I love that lens that I got, and I can’t wait to use it more! This one has auto focus which will make my life a lot easier!

  • Yum! I love Shake Shack and can’t wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2! Trip sounds like its going to be amazing!

    • If you liked the first movie then I think that you’ll love the second guardians of the galaxy! I found myself laughing at multiple points throughout the movie, even when others weren’t.

  • Shake Shack is SO good! I can’t wait to read about your Europe trip- we’re going to London in June 🙂

  • I have never tried shake shack but that sounds delicious! Y’all are so prepared now, going to be such a great trip! I am having a mad case of wanderlust, i can’t wait to live vicariously through y’all!

    • Thank you! We haven’t done as much traveling this year so I’ve been itching to get out travel and this trip couldn’t come at a more perfect time! Next time you’re in a city that has a Shake Shack you need to go there! It’s so good, especially the cheese fries!

  • So exciting!! If you are a Canon user, I LOVE the Canon refurbished lens site. I took two on my trip last month, and they are sharp as a tack. Definitely worth a look if you’re a Canon user! Can’t wait to see where you go (and pictures!) on this trip!!

    • We’re Nikon people unfortunately, but I bet that Nikon has something similar for their lenses. I ended up exchanging a lens that I already had to the same lens just with auto focus and I can’t wait to break it out on my trip! I can’t believe that we leave on Thursday!

  • Relaxing weekends at home at the best – esp after you’ve been traveling a lot! So excited for your upcoming trip. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Thank you! We’re so excited as well and can’t wait to go on our first big trip of the year! This past weekend was so busy so I’m glad that we were able to relax last weekend!

  • Date nights are always needed and so is some time with your pup so he can get his energy out and explore! Nothing is more exciting that planning for a trip, especially to EUROPE! So jelly over here since mine couldn’t happen this year but I’m so looking forward to reading about all your adventures! I hope you guys have an amazing time and I will live vicariously through your travels which is good enough for me at the moment. lol

    • You will definitely get your chance to go over there, and not going this year just means that you have a longer time to nail down exactly where you want to go! I seriously can’t believe that it’s already here! We leave tomorrow and I’m so excited! And believe me I’m trying to soak in as much time with Dart as possible, especially since we leave so soon. There will be lots of cuddles tonight!

  • It’s so soon! Gutted I won’t be in London to show you around. Although I don’t even know the place that well so I’ll be interested to see where you go! It’s great you got all your shopping done already, I’m that person who is online shopping the night before and picking stuff up at the airport in a panic. Not good. I hope winding down work goes ok, and have the best trip!

    • Thank you and I wish that you were still in London too so that we could have met up! I guess that means that I just need to plan a trip to Australia soon instead! As unprepared as Chris and I can be, one thing we’re good at is trying to be organized for trips. That being said I’m sure that we forgot something!

  • Ooh, what fun prepping for a trip!! You HAVE to go eat at La Souffle in Paris. The best souffles in all the world. And oh London! Let me know if you need any suggestions – there are so many amazing gastropubs there now and the resto scene totally kicked off the last couple of years I lived there. I’m so gutted that I am not going to be able to swing by London in July after my NYC trip. 🙁 Edinburgh is GORGEOUS! Loved it there! Also check out Roslyn nearby, its one of the churches in the Da Vinci Code.

    • I will definitely keep all of these in mind! I’m planning on eating my way through Paris because I know that there’s just so many great places to eat at! That’s a bummer that you won’t be able to go to London during your NYC trip! From everything that I’ve heard I think that we’ll fall in London too and want to go back soon!

  • I am so excited to follow along in your European adventure! We saw Guardians on Friday as well, it was so good! Possibly my favorite of all marvel movies because it was so funny!

    • I agree! I found myself laughing out loud so much during the movie, and I might have been the only one at one point in time… you’re going to one of my places too and I hope that you have fun in wine country!

  • Your Europe trip sounds AWESOME. I’d like to take my husband to England and Switzerland someday but I’ve never planned a trip like that before. Any advice? (Maybe you’ve done a blog post about it an I’d missed it…)
    You walk your pup off leash? How does that work? I don’t think I trust my fur babies enough. Lol
    Guardians 2 was AWESOME. I cramped up laughing so hard!!

    • We’ve definitely had a lot of practice with Dart getting him to walk off leash and we never do it around a lot of other dogs or humans or cars because we don’t trust him that much. And I think that the only thing that I can suggest when planning a big trip is to try and decide what you can absolutely not miss. When we were planning our trip to Europe I quickly discovered that we weren’t going to get to do and see everything so instead I focused on what I couldn’t miss and that got me even more excited to go!

  • ooh what rain jacket did you get from eddie bauer? i need a rain jacket for my trip, but i was thinking of getting one that was also warm (insulated layer) as it will be cold.. and eddie bauer has one, but it’s more than i wanted to spend (i’m cheap lol). anyway, there is always something you need right before vacation, right?!
    i really want to see guardians of the galaxy 2 but KC really does not. haha. guess i’ll wait for dvd.

    • We got the ones that were slightly insulated because we thought that we could get cold if it was raining in Edinburgh. They’re definitely expensive but they run sales all the time so if you keep your eye open you might be able to get a deal on them. Ours was 40% off Mother’s Day weekend which was nice! And make him go see Guardians 2! It was so good and worth seeing it in theaters!

  • Love Shake Shack! It’s bad that I work so close to it lol. Guardians Vol. 2 was so good! And sad! I love Drax lol

    • I do too! I found myself laughing so much throughout the movie, even when nobody else was! I don’t know how you are able to handle all of the good food in the galleria area! I’d eat to well if I worked down there!

  • I’ve only been to the Shake Shack once, despite living near one. These pics are making me want to remedy that, stat.

  • Totally craving shake shack now, haha. I’m so excited for you guys to go on your trip because you always give the best recaps.

    • Thank you! I feel like I’m so behind on recaps but it gives me something to look forward to! Lots of pictures to come soon I promise!