Our Trip to Waco

waco-32 If you follow me on Instagram, you know about the magical place that I went to this week that is the Magnolia Silos. I can still hear the music playing outside, the smells coming from the bakery, and friendly faces of everyone who works there.
Our hotel was less than five minutes from the market and I lost count of how many trips we made back and forth. We also took walks along the Brazos River, visited Harp Design Co., and ate reeeaaalllllly yummy food. waco-51 waco-50 waco-49 waco-48 waco-46 waco-45 waco-44 waco-28 waco-33Almost every morning consisted of getting to the bakery by 9:30, munch on our goodies until the Common Grounds coffee stand opened at 10:00 and we got our Cowboy Coffee (SO GOOD!), then walk through the market again. waco-42 waco-40This cupcake. The one named “Cup of Jo”. Chocolate cupcake with espresso buttercream frosting. I don’t know if I can ever eat another cupcake again because they will all be subpar to this one. waco-41 waco-39 waco-43 waco-38It was sunny and beautiful all the other days we were there but rained on the day I decided to take pictures…however it meant that we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves! waco-37 waco-35 waco-34 waco-31 waco-30 waco-29 waco-27 waco-26 waco-25 waco-24 waco-23 waco-22 waco-21 waco-20 waco-19 waco-18There was so much attention to detail, it was incredible. They didn’t skimp on anything and you can tell. Everything from the fences to the line stanchions were well thought out design-wise and super high quality.  waco-17 waco-16 waco-15 waco-14 waco-13 waco-12 waco-11 waco-10 waco-9 waco-8 waco-7 waco-6 waco-5 waco-4 waco-3That gap!! It kills me!!
She was an amazing traveler, I can’t imagine her being any better. I also left this trip feeling grateful that I have a mom who I can work with everyday AND vacation with. That says a lot. waco-2If you are wondering if it was worth it to fly 3 1/2 hours to Dallas then drive two hours to Waco with a ten month old and do it again a few days later just to go to a “store”…yes, a million times, yes. Yes.

Olive + Lopez

It has been a long time since I’ve written a personal post!
This summer we made another trip up to Lopez Island in the San Juan’s. However, this time we got to take Olive! Ever since we were dating James talked about how he couldn’t wait to bring our kids up here to experience what he got to as a child.
We explored new parts of the Island and some old favorites but the week mostly consisted of card games, snacks, and naps. It was perfection.
Also, this was like three months ago before my baby was crawling everywhere so she’s chubbier than she is now it makes me realize how fast time goes and nobody wants to be reminded of that! lop16-44lb16lop16-3lop16-5lop16-2lop16-6lop16-7lop16-24lb162lop16-15lop16-17lop16-16lop16-25lop16-27lop16-28lop16-31lop16-41lop16-39lop16-43lop16-46lop16-47lop16-40

Our Europe Trip

We’re back!!

In case you missed this post, James and I went on a 12 night cruise through the Mediterranean and made stops in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. It was such an incredible trip and I am so excited to finally share our photos with you!

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Cruise Countdown: Swimwear

How is it only a month away until James and I’s big european adventure?! There are so many things I’m eager to get checked off the list before we leave and the list maker in me is in pure heaven.

For the days we are just on the ship “cruising” I plan to be in my bathing suit all day in the sun/hot tub. That means I need to be fully stocked with cute swimsuits and covers and hats to match as well. It all comes out of the travel budget so it’s ok, right?
Cruise Countdown- SwimwearCollageI searched my go-to stores for affordable, cute clothing (Target, Forever 21, H&M, World Market) and these are a few of my favorite finds.

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Our Weekend In Bend

Bend Trip (2015). She Loves Happy Lifestyle Blog (24 of 32)If anyone ever asked me to give them advice about life in general (you’d be surprised how often this happens…), I would tell them to find friends that you love to travel with. These are very special friendships because you couldn’t spend a weekend or longer with just any friend, they have to be special. James and I have found these friends and we are lucky that some of them are family and the others just feel like it. The last trip we took together was to Lopez Island but a couple weekends ago, we made the trek over to Bend.

Bend is probably James and I favorite weekend getaway spot. This is where we spent our honeymoon and first anniversary. There are so many incredible restaurants and breweries. Speaking of restaurants, lets talk about Chow. Holy crap this place is amazing. Its the only restaurant I would ever wait an hour to get a table. It’s that good. I’m only slightly obsessed and have only on a few occasions seriously considered driving three hours to Bend just to eat there… Ok, I’m done talking about Chow, but seriously, go there.

We spent most of our weekend eating, playing games, and enjoying the shops and boutiques in downtown Bend and Sunriver. If only I could teleport here every weekend.
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It’s Really Happening

View More: http://renascentphotography.pass.us/italy-2013-sharayaWhen my husband and I first got married, we made a list of all the things we wanted to do before we started popping out babies. The biggest thing we had was take a European cruise, and guess what? It’s really happening!! And not only is it really happening but it’s all paid for! James and I have been saving like crazy this last year to be able to get this thing paid for way ahead time. We didn’t want to have to stress about getting it all done at the last minute and we wanted to make sure we got the best prices for flights and the cruise itself. We don’t allow buying things on credit to be an option for us so we always wait until we actually have the money to purchase things (thanks Dave Ramsey!)

Our ship docks out of Barcelona and from there goes to Monte Carlo (France), Florence, Rome, Athens, Ephesus (Turkey), Santorini (Greece), Salerno (Italy), and then back to Spain. We wanted to make sure we experienced some of Barcelona so we are flying in two days before the ship leaves to explore the city.
We didn’t want to just stay in a hotel that felt like any ol’ hotel you could find in the states, we wanted something that made us feel like local Barcelonians (?) and that’s when I started looking at Airbnb. In case you’ve never heard of it, Airbnb is a trusted service that allows people to list homes, apartments, rooms, etc. all over the country for other people to rent for whatever reason. It’s a more personal and authentic take on a hotel. When we were searching for places in Barcelona it was hard to narrow it down to just two. We finally settled on the one that had the feel we wanted, is walking distance to everything, and is close to the port. This is the one we chose:

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A couple years ago, My sister-in-law and her husband went on a similar cruise with some friends. She is an INCREDIBLE photographer so you can only imagine the kind of shots she got while exploring these countries. I thought it would be fun to share some of her photos from their trip because they truly make you feel like you are there.

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You can see more pictures from this trip on her blog or you can check out her other work. I highly recommend it, she’s amazing!

It feels like May will never get here soon enough, but before I know it, I’ll be posting all my pictures from the trip!