Easter weekend in the country. Round Top, TX to be exact. With my whole family.

Lots of lounging and eating and drinking and walking around and then some more eating and then a little more wine. We’re talking great burgers at Scotty & Friends, the best salted caramel fudge pie* maybe ever, steak dinner by my brother in law on the patio under candlelight, and my mom’s spaghetti. All the good stuff.

I am very upset that I did not get a picture of the field of bluebonnets with 5+ actual longhorns frolicking in it. Like it doesn’t get any more Texan than that. Majorly #facepalming that I didn’t pull over to capture it.

I did, however, purchase a metal painted flamingo and name it Rosebud. My 2 year old nephew tried to talk me out of buying it {because he wanted it for himself} by showing me the other things he thought I’d like instead. Nice try, Grant. Rosebud now greets all visitors at the entry of my house.

A nice weekend in the country was wrapped up by a quick Easter egg hunt by Grant in his frosty/Christmas pajamas. & we had a good laugh at the irony** of this.

Hope you all had a great Easter filled with family, food, and wine as well!

*note: if you have not clicked this link yet and ordered one for yourself then I can’t even.

**note 2: ever since my 4th grade teacher ranted to us in 1996 about how none of the things mentioned in Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic” actually qualify as “irony”, I’m insecure about using this word. But I did it anyways and probably incorrectly.


Halpz.

What toppings do you put on a baked sweet potato?


Hoppy Easter, from my office to yours!
Yes, this is a homemade bunny cake crafted by one of my coworkers {who brings cake balls & other treats to the office more often than not}. It’s a dangerous environment, because by this point in my day I’ve had "just a little sliver" about 4 times. So. Cake! {with cream cheese icing & M&Ms!}
Tomorrow is Good Friday, and I didn’t think it was a holiday here but apparently it is! Surprise 4-day week? I’ll take it!
I was excited for today to be my Friday, but it’s been insanely busy and hectic. & I’m in a cake coma with a slight wine headache. & need to do 3 loads of laundry tonight before taking off for the weekend with my family tomorrow.
We are headed to Round Top, Texas to spend the weekend in a little house in the country for Easter. So, this year, no Lilly + Seersucker brunches with lamb chops + mint jelly. But that’s okay. This little trip will be perfect. 
& here’s hoping for no rain and a fun little egg hunt for Grant on Sunday!

Hoppy Easter, from my office to yours!

Yes, this is a homemade bunny cake crafted by one of my coworkers {who brings cake balls & other treats to the office more often than not}. It’s a dangerous environment, because by this point in my day I’ve had "just a little sliver" about 4 times. So. Cake! {with cream cheese icing & M&Ms!}

Tomorrow is Good Friday, and I didn’t think it was a holiday here but apparently it is! Surprise 4-day week? I’ll take it!

I was excited for today to be my Friday, but it’s been insanely busy and hectic. & I’m in a cake coma with a slight wine headache. & need to do 3 loads of laundry tonight before taking off for the weekend with my family tomorrow.

We are headed to Round Top, Texas to spend the weekend in a little house in the country for Easter. So, this year, no Lilly + Seersucker brunches with lamb chops + mint jelly. But that’s okay. This little trip will be perfect. 

& here’s hoping for no rain and a fun little egg hunt for Grant on Sunday!



Rebranding, if you will.

One thing I really dislike about Tumblr is trying to keep everyone straight. In real life, I am excellent at remembering both names and faces. In Tumblr life, I have no idea who is who half the time because everyone keeps changing their default pics and/or usernames. It’s exhausting.

{Side note. Yes, I changed my blog name once. In 2012. However, I didn’t alter my username. I created a whole new blog with a new name & summoned my old followers to it. So that’s my defense.}

So I promised myself with this new blog that I’d keep the name forever and never change my pic. I’d also keep the same pic on Twitter and Instagram so no one would get confused as to who I was.

& now, I am a real hypocrit. My picture is changing. I have mulled over this for the past few months because I really think my old sunglasses-car-selfie pic was kind of lame and outdated. & I really wanted to put a picture where you could see a more clear image of me.

So, I have a new picture. & I’ve updated it on Instagram and Twitter too to keep everything straight. & I’m sorry if that is confusing. I promise I won’t go changing it a million times over. 

Thanks for following :) 


Hi friends, happy Wednesday! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic, thanks for asking. Family, friends, cute nephews, margaritas, patio/convertible weather, and memories in the making.
On Saturday, we had nephew Brett’s baptism. Let me tell you, this baby is an angel. He literally did not cry or flinch or seem phased in any way by water being poured over his head. We were mesmerized. I love him so much.
After the baptism, we {the family + Brett’s 2 sets of Godparents} went over to Pico’s Mex Mex for brunch & margaritas. All the babies {Grant and Brett’s two new Godbrothers} got to run around and play monster trucks in the private room. All were satisfied.
Family time is the best time, & I couldn’t possibly love my nephews any more than I do!

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic, thanks for asking. Family, friends, cute nephews, margaritas, patio/convertible weather, and memories in the making.

On Saturday, we had nephew Brett’s baptism. Let me tell you, this baby is an angel. He literally did not cry or flinch or seem phased in any way by water being poured over his head. We were mesmerized. I love him so much.

After the baptism, we {the family + Brett’s 2 sets of Godparents} went over to Pico’s Mex Mex for brunch & margaritas. All the babies {Grant and Brett’s two new Godbrothers} got to run around and play monster trucks in the private room. All were satisfied.

Family time is the best time, & I couldn’t possibly love my nephews any more than I do!


Friends, it is your lucky day!
Today, I am going to teach you how to make The Best Smoothie Ever. Buckle up for perfection, ease, and deliciousness.
Buy this & thank me later.
Get your smoothie cup ready for a masterpiece.
Add 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein. I like this kind.
Add 1/2 a perfectly ripe avocado
Optional: 1/2 a banana {minimal flavor but increased creaminess}
Also optional: a small handful of spinach. You won’t be able to taste it but you’ll get some added nutrition.
+ 1 packet of the sweetener of your choice {I like Sweet n Low… judge me.}
3-6 ice cubes. I usually add 3, then add 3 more after my first blend.
& finally, fill ‘er up with water and get ready to blend. I suppose you could use milk instead, but I always use water because it mixes with the protein powder to create some thickness.
Now, you blend away and enjoy. This is the creamiest, tastiest, most nutritional and most filling smoothie in the world. I challenge you to challenge me on that. 
I find this perfect for a pre-workout breakfast. I drank it on my way to the gym, was able to have a 40 minute treadmill interval workout with no cramps, and didn’t feel hungry for a snack afterwards. & if you’re curious, this is 7 Weight Watchers points. Perfect breakfast size. 
So… you’re welcome. & Happy Friday. We could all use a little more avocado in our lives. 

Friends, it is your lucky day!

Today, I am going to teach you how to make The Best Smoothie Ever. Buckle up for perfection, ease, and deliciousness.

  • Buy this & thank me later.
  • Get your smoothie cup ready for a masterpiece.
  • Add 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein. I like this kind.
  • Add 1/2 a perfectly ripe avocado
  • Optional: 1/2 a banana {minimal flavor but increased creaminess}
  • Also optional: a small handful of spinach. You won’t be able to taste it but you’ll get some added nutrition.
  • + 1 packet of the sweetener of your choice {I like Sweet n Low… judge me.}
  • 3-6 ice cubes. I usually add 3, then add 3 more after my first blend.
  • & finally, fill ‘er up with water and get ready to blend. I suppose you could use milk instead, but I always use water because it mixes with the protein powder to create some thickness.

Now, you blend away and enjoy. This is the creamiest, tastiest, most nutritional and most filling smoothie in the world. I challenge you to challenge me on that. 

I find this perfect for a pre-workout breakfast. I drank it on my way to the gym, was able to have a 40 minute treadmill interval workout with no cramps, and didn’t feel hungry for a snack afterwards. & if you’re curious, this is 7 Weight Watchers points. Perfect breakfast size. 

So… you’re welcome. & Happy Friday. We could all use a little more avocado in our lives. 



I think I am officially having the time of my life.

Like, actually.

Y’all saw my post about how I really don’t think college days are “the best days of our lives.” & how getting older isn’t scary.

Right now, I am in love with my life. I live in my favorite city. I have my dream job & the Houston real estate development market is booming. I am financially independent. I have a ton of friends. I’m young. I’m single. & yes dating can be exasperating but it’s also really fun.

Most importantly, I see my family all the time. Almost every day. & when that isn’t the case, I am not as happy of a person.

I think for the first time in a long time, I’m not looking forward or looking back. I am living in the now and enjoying every minute of it.

& feeling like this is a joyous relief.


Every Spring, the River Oaks Country Club hosts a big annual men’s tennis tournament here in Houston. Last night, my friend Maggie invited a group of girls to attend and we had an absolute blast.

Wine was flowing like wine. {see what I did there?} & the weather could not have been more perfect. We sat outside by the pool at the end of the night and a fun time was had by all.

Now, back to today being Wednesday. Oof.

Every Spring, the River Oaks Country Club hosts a big annual men’s tennis tournament here in Houston. Last night, my friend Maggie invited a group of girls to attend and we had an absolute blast.

Wine was flowing like wine. {see what I did there?} & the weather could not have been more perfect. We sat outside by the pool at the end of the night and a fun time was had by all.

Now, back to today being Wednesday. Oof.