Monday, March 29, 2021

Dallas Arboretum Spring Tulips

I 100% do not consider myself a "Dallas blogger" by any means but I do enjoy sharing some Dallas related things every now and then. This is one of those fun things I had to share! I have shared about the arboretum before as it is a great outdoor activity throughout the different seasons. Last year with Covid I never made it to see the tulips at the arboretum. So this year I made sure to check them out. The weather this past weekend was perfect and it was the perfect day to take my camera and get some pictures. I expected there to be quite a lot of tulips but wow there was a TON. It was definitely worth checking out! If you live in Dallas or ever visit between February-April I highly recommend checking out the tulips. They have different tulips that bloom throughout this time 🌷 

I thought I would simply share with you these pretty pictures I got of them! 



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lift Updates & Catching Up

It feels like it has been forever since I got a blog post up. I feel like I have been really busy or resting from not feeling great so I have not gotten around to posting recently. I have a few post ideas I have been meaning to work on but they are more in-depth review type posts. So I thought it would be fun just to catch up and chat on a bunch of random things. 

1.  I Got The Covid Vaccine // I really can't believe it worked out but I was able to get an appointment an hour outside of Dallas at a CVS. A few weeks ago a Dallas blogger I follow posted some places that were offering the vaccine. I technically was able to qualify due to my autoimmune conditions so I went on the CVS website that night but nothing was open. So I signed up for the local county list too but never thought I would get an appointment. The next day I decided to check the CVS website again and they had appointments available. I quickly booked the two appointments and had my first Pfizer shot about two weeks ago and I go back for the next round this weekend. CVS made it super easy and was really happy with their service. I did end up getting a text the following week from the county but CVS seemed easier anyway. I did feel pretty crappy for the next two days after but I also have a lot of health issues so take my experience with a grain of salt. I am glad to be able to maybe start to get back to the gym at least after my second dose! 


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

February Favorites 2021


Simple Mills Brownie Mix // I picked up this brownie mix last week at Whole Foods. I have tried a few of this brands products before but had never tried this. I was pleasantly surprised with how good these tasted! The ingredients are relatively "healthy". I will definitely be making these again soon. The only downside is the mix is on the pricy side but all you need to make them is butter, water, and eggs. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Spring Target Haul

I think it was two weeks ago now Target was having 20% off their clothes which they usually don't do. I go in spurts with their clothes but lately, I have been loving what I see. Their loungewear is amazing! I do find that the stores are normally pretty picked over and they had the dressing closed with Covid. Not sure if they are open now. I have a Red Card which I highly recommend if you shop at Target a lot. So I get free shipping so it was easy just to order everything online. I had zero clue if any of this stuff was going to look good but most of it was actually really cute. I also filmed a video over on Instagram if you want a better look at any of these items! 


Target Universal Threads Embroidered Top // I think this is my favorite top out of all of them. I love the eyelet detailing and the ruffle. I was not sure if the ruffle was going to be too much but I am loving this all around. It also comes in black and a blue floral. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Spring Inspiration

This week the weather has been the perfect spring temperature and the sun has been shinning. A complete 360 from last weeks winter storm. It seems maybe a bit early to be jumping into spring but it is a nice change from all the cold weather. I wanted to share a few spring pieces I have seen from some of my favorite brands. How cure are these gingham sandals


J Crew Chaco Sandals // Lilly Pulitzer Geanna Swing Dress // Target Sweatpants  // Target Swing Dress // Vineyard Vines Chambray Dress // Kelly Wynne Beach Tote // J Crew Factory Sweater // Spartina Crossbody // Lilly Pulitzer Olivet Midi Dress // J Crew Staycation T-Shirt // Aerie Bikini Top 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Weekly Wellness: Health Update 2021

Wow this past week ended up turning into a crazy and some what stressful week. Sunday it started snowing here in Dallas which lead to millions waking up Monday without power and many without water. It was a crazy storm I was not expecting to get that bad especially growing up in the north but the city is not equipped for a few inches of snow. I luckily didn't lose power or have any damage from the storm but it was still very stressful not knowing. I filmed this health update video last week but I really just didn't have any energy to be posting this past week. I am rested up from the weekend and ready to get back into the swing of things. 

It has been a LONG time since I last posted any type of health content so I thought it was about time for a health update. I have a bunch of other posts you can check out here! I also linked everything I mention in this video down below at the bottom of this post. 


Monday, February 15, 2021

President's Day Sales 2021

It is still crazy cold here in Dallas and for some it is a holiday for President's Day so I thought I would round up some sales that are going on today. Target is having 20% off clothing which they normally don't have and J Crew Factory is having free shipping which is rare. I hate paying for shipping. 


1. J Crew // 30% off most items and 50% off sale items with code SPRING 

2. J Crew Factory // 50% off everything plus free shipping (no code needed). They rarely have free shipping anymore so this is a deal.

3. Loft // 40% off or 60% off with 3 plus styles with code WANT

4. Old Navy // Up to 50% off (no code needed)

5. Target // 20% off clothes and shoes with target circle at checkout

6. Vineyard Vines // Up to 60% off with code BIGSALE 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

My Go To Dinner Receipes (Dairy & Gluten Free) - Part 3

Happy Valentine's Day! I had a day inside relaxing because Dallas got snow today which is crazy. I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the holiday in a special way. I am about to dive into a red velvet cupcake so yep... 

This will be my third installment in this series but I love to continue to share recipes I have tried and loved. Adding my take on how to make them dairy and gluten-free. With the holidays I had a long few months where I did not have to find recipes and cook. So I am sharing some recipes I tried this fall along with some more recent recipes I have tried. I have been loving Half Baked Harvest recipes lately. They all seem to have so much flavor but don't require a lot of crazy ingredients. 

Check out version #one and #two of my posts! 

* Note all images are from the recipe blogs 

1. Vegan Alfredo Pasta // I just made this the other week and it turned out really good. It is naturally dairy-free and does not require too many ingredients. I used to be allergic to cashews but grew out of that nut which is great because a lot of dairy-free items often use cashews. It really is creamy and was easy to make with my Vitamix blender. I paired it with shrimp and broccoli. 

Bowl of creamy vegan garlic alfredo sauce dripping off spoon

Friday, February 5, 2021

January Favorites 2021

I have not shared a favorites post since I think November so these are my favorites combined over the last few months or so. Check out me last one here



1. Tula Brightening Eye Balm // I have heard so many bloggers talking about this Tula product. I had never tried any other Tula products but was a bit skeptical. It seemed like it might be one of those things that are overhyped. Though I am always looking for a product for my dark under eyes. I got it for Christmas and I am in love. I love the cooling effect it gives and it leaves this perfect small amount of shimmer. I am 100% hooked. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Weekend In San Antonio, TX | Travel Guide

Happy Friday! It has felt like a pretty slow week and I am ready for the weekend. After the holidays I drove back from NY to Dallas with my sister and mom. They stayed for about two weeks and we got to do some fun things in Texas while they were here. My sister's birthday also happened to be when they were here. Back in October, I had the idea to take my sister to San Antonio for a fun weekend getaway. At the time I booked the Airbnb I didn't know what Covid would be like but it was a great city to visit because we were pretty much able to do everything outside. 

It definitely had a different "vibe" then Dallas but we all enjoyed the weekend and had a lot of fun. I wanted to share what we did for the weekend in case you are looking for suggestions. I must admit though most of these suggestions came from one my friends and she did not steer us wrong.  

Friday

From Dallas to San Antonio it is about a four-hour drive. We left after the workday on Friday and got in around 11ish. We were glad we didn't leave in the early afternoon because we were able to avoid pretty much all the traffic going into Austin. 

Saturday 

We started our day eating breakfast at Supper inside Hotel Emma. This was one of the places that was recommended to me and let me tell you it did not disappoint. We did make reservations which was probably a good idea because it was fairly busy. We ate outside which overlooks the river. It was very cold that weekend but they provided us with blankets and there were heaters outside so it was not too bad. I had this really good omelette and herbal tea. We also tried the million-dollar bacon they are known for which was very good. My mom and sister got the beignets which they said were awesome but I couldn't have them so I guess I will have to take their word. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Valentine's Day Inspiration/Gift Ideas 2021

Valentine's Day is already in like two weeks (crazy)! I have been seeing lots of bright pinks and hearts everywhere so I thought it would be fun to but together a festive inspiration board. I am not necessarily making a specific gift guide per se but a lot of these items would make super cute gifts for yourself or others. I always love a good treat myself moment around the holiday. 

 



Monday, January 25, 2021

My 2020 Review & Looking Ahead

Well, my extended holiday celebration is over and my apartment is back to just me. My sister and mom drove back to Texas with me after Christmas. We spent the last few weeks doing some fun weekend trips and checking out some Dallas spots. I loved having them here and waited to get a blog post up when I had a bit more free time. 

I usually post a year-end recap highlighting all the things I did the past year and then share my goals for the new year. Obviously, this year looked very different and I was not sure if I wanted to share an end of the year post. I realize we are already a few weeks into the new year but I still wanted to get this up. If not for you but more for me to have this to look back on in the future. 

2020.... I hesitated making a post about my year because all in all, it was a good year for me compared to most peoples. I had my job, was able to work from home, had Cooper to entertain me and I was able to at least get outside on walks and leave my appointment. Obviously, like everyone else, I did have my moments of crazy but I think we all did at some point. This year was not one of my worst years I would say it just felt very mundane. I kind of felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again because well I was. Sometimes it is hard for me to even really understand what others went through because I was pretty removed from all of it compared to doctors, teachers, etc. Like many others, I am grateful I got to connect with my family more and spendt the extended holidays back home. I got into some new crafts, had more time to blog, binged watched many shows, and got into watching TikTok 😂 I definitely missed traveling and weekend plans but I really did make the best of a crazy year. While I don't think I had any crazy life realizations like others may have had this year I did see how God prepared me for the year ahead without me fully understanding at the time. I started the year reading this book by Emily Ley. In the book she talks all slowing down, finding rest/hobbies, and being ok not being busy 24/7. Haha was that the perfect book to read at the start of the year. I also came to realize how my health struggles the past few years prepared me for this year. Everyone was talking about how our lives changed overnight. I read some article a while back that said in a way we experienced grief for what things were life pre-Covid. I experienced that exact feeling when I began my health journey. Pretty much overnight I no longer was the same and had to adjust to this "new" life. Let me tell you it was NOT easy. I felt all the things for quite some time. In a way, I was prepared for Covid so I can only imagine how hard some struggled if I think back to when I was deep into the height of my illness. So for 2021, I am not sure what to expect but I am hopeful for the new year! I thought about setting some resolutions but instead, I am going to take the pressure off of that and see what things I decide I want to focus on. I will say my goals for 2020 are still things I want to focus on this year or at least in some way. 

There were some pretty great times in the year that I wanted to look back on: 

Took a candle making class in Dallas when my sister was in town

Monday, January 4, 2021

What I Got For Christmas 2020

Happy New Year! I got back to Dallas last week and had a very chill New Year's at home with snacks and champagne. I have been getting back into the work routine and making some new resolutions for the new year. I will be sharing all that soon but in the meantime, I wanted to share what I got for Christmas this year. I used to film this video every year a few years ago but have not in the last few years. I thought it would be fun to share what I got for my apartment and a few clothing items. I was able to link mostly everything below. I would love to know what your favorite gift was this year! 




Loft Dress // Old Navy Joggers // Target Pajama Shorts // Target Pajama Top (sold out) // Spartina Texas Sweatshirt // Vineyard Vines Sherpa // Veja Sneakers // Acrylic Tissue Holder // Citrus Juicer // Bar Straws //  Jigger // Bottle Opener // Spoon // Strainer // Metal Bowls // Our Place Pan // Ceramic Utensil Jar // Texas Decor Pillow // Pura Smart Fragrance // Throw Blanket (similar) // Car Vacuum // Spark Watterbottle // Acrylic Bracelet Holder // Toothpaste // Steripods // Toothbrush Heads // Too Faced Mascara // Laneige Lip Balm // Tula Eye Brightener // Foot Scrub // Gold Bond Foot Cream // Hair Scrunchies // Casetify AirPods Case // Wine Opener //  Bottle Opener // Sponge holder //Bath & Body Works Car Freshener