Texas

The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

After an entire month of going and going nonstop, it was kind of nice to have a weekend where we didn’t have that many plans at all. One of my favorite parts about spring in Texas is all of the beautiful wildflowers that are in full bloom, and with us being so busy in March it didn’t leave any time to go out and explore the area. So when this weekend rolled around, finding a big patch of bluebonnets to take some family photos in was our number one priority! So let’s see how it all panned out with a little weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

Friday

While we didn’t have any big plans for Friday night, my Friday afternoon was pretty awesome because we got a break from work and went to the Astros exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs. While the Astros didn’t take home the win, it was still pretty awesome to get some time off from work and also to see how much Minute Maid Park has changed. Not only is there a Torchy’s Tacos in the stadium, but also a Shake Shack and a Bahama Bucks! Needless to say, I will probably eating very well during this baseball season!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

Chris picked me up from the game and we went to the Galleria for a quick trip so that I could exchange a purse that I had gotten for my birthday. I really wanted a small bag that would be perfect to take into the Aggie football games next year, and I think that I found it at Tory Burch! It will literally only hold my cell phone, car key, credit card and license and that’s about it. I guess that’s all I need for a football game!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

That night, my parents dropped their pups off for the weekend while they went out of town for a wedding. They’ve grown up so much since we last had them at Christmas, and while Dart still doesn’t have the warm and fuzzies about them, we still had a nice, relaxing night at home.

Saturday

We were up bright and early Saturday morning so we could try to find some bluebonnets. I thought that there would be some in College Station so we headed that way. Unfortunately we didn’t see any big patches of them, and I thought that we’d missed them this year. We made a quick stop by my friend Kayla’s house so she could finally meet my parent’s new pups. They were very happy to get out of the car and meet her!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

After that we decided to take a back way up to Brenham through the small town of Independence that’s supposed to have a ton of bluebonnets. We had just passed through the town of Independence when we saw a huge patch of bluebonnets that actually weren’t on somebody’s property. So we pulled over and started taking pictures.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The doxies weren’t too interested in the bluebonnets other than trying to eat them, but we did manage to get some pictures of them in the bluebonnets and of course some family of three pictures of Chris, Dart, and I! Dart was in full form and totally hamming it up for the camera, and I loved it because we got quite a few adorable pictures of him!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

After we were done taking pictures we drove home and spent the rest of the day just relaxing at home. We had a lot of stuff on our DVR that we got caught up on, and then went and grabbed pho for dinner a little later on in the evening. It was the perfect way to end our Saturday!

Sunday

While Saturday had some plans, Sunday literally had zero plans at all, especially considering that we were supposed to have some big storms blow through. I slept in a little bit and then woke up and spent the morning lounging on the couch until my parents came to pick up their pups. Around the same time that they left, Chris also had to head out to the airport for a week of training near DC. While I’m definitely going to miss him, I would definitely be lying if I said that I’m not looking forward to a week alone of getting caught up on my shows and relaxing with my three legged pup.

The rest of my Sunday was filled with normal Sunday activities like grocery shopping, laundry, picking up around the house, and getting some blogging done. Not terribly exciting, but very relaxing and just what I needed after a month of go, go, go! It really was the perfect weekend!

Have you ever seen the Texas bluebonnets? What’s your favorite part about Spring?

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All about our low key weekend in search of bluebonnets. Bluebonnets are synonymous with spring in Texas and I'm so glad we found them!

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!

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