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A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was definitely one for the books, so I have a feeling that I might be dragging a little bit this morning and wishing that I could be back at the beach instead of in the office. But alas we all must adult, so instead of being at the beach I’ll be reminiscing about it with Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

Friday

Since my birthday was so close to the weekend, I knew that I wanted to get out of the city for a quick weekend getaway. We knew that we wanted to go somewhere close that we could drive to, and somewhere that would be easily accessible to dogs as well so that Dart could go with us. We tossed around a few ideas, but when we started talking about how Chris had never been to Galveston before, the idea of quick weekend at the beach sounded perfect!

Chris picked me up from the office on Friday and then after a quick hour drive we were out of the city and on the small island of Galveston. While there are a ton of hotels to choose from on the island, Chris and I opted for a VRBO rental that was literally right off the beach. When we first arrived, the wind was really starting to pick up and there was a chance for rain, so we opted to stay in for the night, cook some dinner, and just relax. It was the perfect start to the weekend!

Saturday

The bedroom that we were in faced east, so we were up bright and early Saturday morning. Dart had never been to the beach before, so we were anxious to get him out there to see what he would do with all the sand and the waves and all the seagulls!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The beach was very busy that morning, and we enjoyed a couple of miles walk and watching Dart going insane over all of the new sights and smells and of course the ocean. If you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen the video of Dart when he was standing in the ocean and then got scared by the waves coming in. It was so funny! Needless to say, Dart definitely prefers the sand to the ocean!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

After our morning walk, we headed back to the house, made breakfast, and then packed up our stuff and headed to the beach. It was very windy on Saturday which meant that we had trouble setting up our tent to begin with, but once it was setup we enjoyed the cooler weather that we got with the wind. It was a beautiful and relaxing day, despite a little bit of rain for about 10 minutes, and I loved just sitting at the beach and reading a book and planning part of our Europe trip. It was perfect!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

At around 4:00 we had our fill of the beach so we headed back to the house and relaxed for a little bit before eating dinner and then going on another evening walk on the beach. That night there weren’t nearly as many people on the beach as there had been that morning, so it almost felt like we had it to ourselves.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

Sunday

We had an early checkout time at 11:00 Sunday morning, so Chris and I made sure that we were out of bed early enough to get a walk in with Dart before eating breakfast and packing up. Sunday morning felt a lot like Saturday evening in the fact that there weren’t that many people on the beach, so Chris and I let Dart off his leash for a little bit and he absolutely loved it! The wind wasn’t as bad as Saturday, but that also meant that it got a lot hotter than Saturday as well. After our walk we cooked breakfast and then we hit the road to get back home.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The advantage to going on a weekend trip so close is the fact that we got home so quickly! Before we knew it we were back at home and getting started on laundry, grocery shopping and just getting ready for the week. Our little weekend trip to Galveston was perfect, and I’m so glad that we got to continue my birthday celebrations at the beach!

Have you ever visited Galveston before? Have you gone on a birthday weekend getaway?

One more thing before I go, March means the beginning of Spring and the start of something new. To get you fresh and ready for the new season, I’m teaming up with Emelia and a few other blogger babes to gift one lucky person a $75 Sephora or Ulta gift card –winner’s choice and a bunch of Emelia’s tried and true favorite products including a GlamGlow mask, BECCA Highlighter and more. The giveaway ends Sunday April 2, so be sure to check back on the blog next week to see if you’re the winner!

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A wonderful 30th Birthday Weekend spent in Galveston, Texas. Sand, sun, the ocean, and family, there's nothing more that you need!

A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

Happy Monday everybody! I know that everybody was feeling like last week was extra slow since we had a long weekend for Thanksgiving, and I think that we were all especially looking forward to a great weekend. Unfortunately for us here in Texas, we got slammed with a cold front which meant that it was cold and dreary and rainy all weekend, but that didn’t stop me from having a great weekend! So here’s a look into my weekend with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

Friday

Last week I spent all day Thursday and Friday in training so I could get all the necessary CPE credits that I needed for the year. We got out a little later than usual for me, so I got caught in some traffic and some rain Friday afternoon heading home from training. After I got home, Chris and I spent the evening just relaxing at home, enjoying all of our Christmas lights and decorations and watching our first Christmas movie of the season, Elf. Of course, we both quoted right along with the whole movie and my longing to visit NYC this Christmas season was kicked into full gear even more! We don’t have any travel plans this December though, so I guess I’ll have to wait until next year.

Saturday

After a relaxing night in, I was up bright and early Saturday morning and hit the road by 7:00 because I was headed to Magnolia Market with my friend Kayla for the day! She currently lives in College Station, which is on the way to Waco, so I stopped in town to pick her and up and then we were off to Waco! The forecast was 100% rain this whole weekend and even some flash flooding, but surprisingly we didn’t hit too much rain on our way to Waco.

We arrived at Magnolia Market right around the time that it opened, and I could already tell that it was a lot less crowded than the last time Chris and I were there. The line for the bakery was seriously out the door when we went in August, and this time there was barely a line at all.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

But the bakery wasn’t our first order of business at Magnolia Market, it was to get some shopping done! We walked into the store, and immediately I noticed how the store was decorated for Christmas, compared to having more summer decor when we were there in August. Not only were there Christmas trees all throughout the store (decorative ones and also ones that you could buy), but there were also Christmas signs and lights and basically a ton of festive stuff! My favorite was definitely the beautiful Rudolf that was painted on books above a fireplace. I need that in my house!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

I think that we must have walked around the store 3 or 4 times, and I definitely tried to contain myself as much as possible. I ended up getting two pillows for the house that have reindeer on them, a beautiful piece of granite that I’m going to use for a soap dish in the kitchen, a cute reindeer ornament, and a magnet (one of the things that I always collect on our trips). Don’t worry, I’d already gotten myself a #shiplap t-shirt the last time we were there!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

After we had shopped till we dropped, we explored outside of the silos a little bit more. Last time we were there, there were a ton of people running around and playing in the open area that Chip and Joanna have created and eating at all the picnic tables, but with the weather, there was barely anybody outside. We quickly looked around, admired all of the Christmas trees under the silos and then made our way to the bakery for a sweet treat!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

I don’t think that I knew quite what to expect with the bakery, but I was definitely surprised when we walked in and saw how much we actually had to choose from! They must have had 12 different types of cupcakes, 12 different types of cookies, and a few other assorted baked goods. It was definitely hard to choose what we wanted, but I ended up choosing the gingerbread cookie sandwich with cream cheese icing and a bacon and cheese biscuit for later. Kayla ended up getting the classic cupcake which was chocolate cake and buttercream frosting. Everything we had was so delicious, even though we ended up eating them for dessert later on that night.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

After the bakery we were pretty much done with our time at Magnolia Market. If it had been a sunnier day I think that we would have fun sitting outside for a while, but it was pretty cold and rainy, so we headed over to Clint’s shop to poke around there for a while. Last time we were at The Harp Design Co we bought a beautiful ladder and some pictures, but this time I didn’t come home with anything that big. I found a few reindeer decorations for the house and bought a magnet from the store as well.

We had pretty much accomplished all we wanted to in Waco after visiting Clint’s store, so we grabbed a quick lunch at In N Out Burger before driving back to College Station. The rest of our day was spent relaxing and catching up, eating a dinner in downtown Bryan at Caffe Capri, and drinking some wine and catching up with our other friend Natalie. We couldn’t have ended the day more perfectly!

Sunday

Kayla and I woke up Sunday morning and grabbed a quick breakfast at one of my favorite places in College Station, Blue Baker. I always loved getting their bagels in college and can never pass up the chance when I’m back in town. After breakfast, I made my way back to Houston and the rest of the day was spent getting the normal Sunday things done around the house: picking up, grocery shopping, laundry, and blogging. I also got some non normal things done too, which included addressing all of our Christmas cards so they could be sent out Monday!

Since it was still cold and rainy outside, Chris and I ended the night with some pho and then The Walking Dead, like the past few Sundays. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend with lots of girl time and some time with Chris too!

How was your weekend? Have you ever been to Magnolia Market?

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The perfect girls weekend at Magnolia Market during Christmas time! All of the decorations were beautiful, and perfect for the season!

Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

I personally don’t think that it’s much of a secret that down here in the great state of Texas (or the Best State Ever if you talk to most Texans), that when it comes to seasons we generally just have two- summer and summer. So when I see all of my blogger friends post these beautiful pictures of all the leaves changing from yellow to orange to red to maroon, I have to admit that I get a little bit jealous. Ok, I get a lot jealous!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

We’ve been keeping it in the 80’s for most of the month of November, and when December finally rolls around, most of the time it gets just cold enough for all of the leaves to turn brown and die, which means that we miss the beautiful part of fall, all of the changing of the colors. Now there are plenty of options to see fall colors in other states, but sometimes you just want to spend the time and explore a little bit of your own backyard, which is why I’m going to tell you about my favorite place to see fall colors in Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

Located just 5 hours west of Houston (2 hours from San Antonio, 3 hours from Austin, and 5.5 hours from Dallas) in the heart of the Texas Hill Country is the small town of Vanderpool, Texas, which is home to Lost Maples State Natural Area. The Lost Maples State Natural Area protects a special strand of the Uvalde Big Tooth Maple. The park is literally filled with thousands of trees, so you can imagine how beautiful it is when they all start to change colors!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

People literally flock from all over Texas during the months of October and November, depending on how cold the year has been, in order to see fall finally come to Texas. While the park is beautiful year round and offers a wide range of activities, from hiking to camping to fishing, the main draw to the area is for the beautiful fall colors!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

With the color change happening at such a specific time of the year, it’s very important to plan your days in the park to avoid the huge crowds as much as possible. It’s literally like Disney World on a busy day, they will close the park if there are too many people inside and there’s no parking available, sometimes as early as 11:00 AM. In order to maximize our time in the park and beat the crowds, we generally will pack some sandwiches for lunch and try to get to the park around 10:00 in the morning. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen, but the earlier you can get into the park the better!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

Obviously, everybody wants to see the fall colors once they’re in the park, and the best way to do that is by going on a hike! There are multiple hikes throughout the park that range in difficulty, so pretty much there’s a hike for everybody! When we go with my in laws, we have young kids, teenagers, and adults in our group, and generally the Maple Leaf trail is the perfect one for us. It allows us to take our time hiking, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and still get a little bit of exercise!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

Another thing to consider with so many people visiting the area in such a short amount of time is the importance of reserving your cabin or campsite as early as possible. My in laws have made their trip to Lost Maples an annual trip, and before they leave during the current year they reserve their cabin at Foxfire Cabins for the next year. You’re allowed to make reservations a year in advance, and if you don’t reserve your cabin, you’d better believe that they’ll be sold out. I think that the campsites in the park work the same way.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

So now that I’ve convinced you that you need a trip out to Lost Maples, here’s a quick recap of what you need to know before you go:

  • Cost- The cost to get into the park is $6/adult and children 12 and under are free. You can also get in for free with a Texas State Park Pass for $70.
  • Plan your day around the crowds- Arrive early to the park to avoid being locked out of the park. Also the hiking trails won’t be as crowded the earlier in the day that you go.
  • Go on a hike- The maple leaves are all throughout Lost Maples, and the best way to see them is by hiking! Plus no two trees are ever the same, so you need to see as many as possible!
  • Pack your lunch- There are plenty of picnic tables all over the park, and what better way to enjoy the fall foliage even more than with a picnic lunch! Also, you don’t want to feel rushed out of the park because you’re hungry, so bring your lunch with you!
  • Reserve your cabin or campsite as early as possible- Most cabins and campsites will sell out as early as a year in advance. Start planning your trip to Lost Maples for next year right now so you’ll have a place to stay!
  • Take it all in- It’s easy to get caught up in and stressed out about the hustle and bustle during this time of the year, especially with the holidays approaching, so sometimes it’s best to just take a look around and soak up as much beauty as possible!
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area
So this last picture isn’t from Lost Maples, it’s from Garner State Park just a few miles away!

And just like that, I’m missing Lost Maples even more than usual! We’ve missed the annual trip the past few years because of weddings and other plans, but you’d better believe that we’ll be going next year! I’m just glad that I got to see some Fall Foliage this year while we were in Napa! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Find Fall In Texas- Lost Maples State Natural Area

Have you been able to enjoy the Fall Foliage so far this year? Is there a State Park or State Natural Area near you that you want explore? 

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Where to find Fall in Texas- Tips for visiting Lost Maples State Natural Area of Texas to see the Fall Foliage in October and November.

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