It's the perfect Dallas day, which means there's nothing better than setting up shop on a nice patio and drinking a margarita or two. Since I have quite a bit of work to do for the new business I'm launching soon (more about this on my next post), so unfortunately I won't be out and about soaking in these beautiful pre-spring temperatures, or enjoying margaritas for that matter. But, for those of you who can take advantage of being out and about this weekend, you should partake in National Margarita Day.
My most recent margarita was at Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66. It's made table side witches brew style, with liquid nitrogen whisked together quickly, Patron, lime, prickly pear, and topped with candied jalapenos. For $18, you definitely pay for the show, but sometimes the show makes it all worth it. It's like Guacamole Live from On The Border for fancy grown ups.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
In my countless number of quotation books, when it comes to presidential quotes, it's always Lincoln who has the most meaningful ones that I connect with. I like the quote below for it's simplistic message that ties into a previous Monday Motivation.
Illustration by Mary Kate McDevitt
So true, Honest Abe. The power of positive thinking is truly a life-changer, I tell ya. I'm sure George Washington would agree, too. It's impossible not to be happy when if you have gold-plated lips, right? You can buy him at Jonathan Adler.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I decided to make our wedding cards into the craft art that you see above. Using a 1" heart punch, a glue stick, linen paper, and a frame from Michaels, I took a little piece from all of our sweet cards and made them into something that I can appreciate every day.
What do you do with greeting cards? Pitch them or keep them? Have you made any creative projects with your cards?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
It was most certainly the turquoise and pink exterior with gray and white stripe awning that first intrigued me (and then eventually enticed me) into the Elizabeth Street Café in Austin. I'd heard mixed reviews, but a spring roll sounded like a good afternoon snack on a muggy Austin fall day, so why not give this darling little place a shot? Elizabeth Street Café features a hybrid of French and Vietnamese food, with a side of Austin flair. Not only was it cute little establishment, but my spring rolls and pastries were good too. The highlight of my meal was without a doubt the Rosé Monsoon cocktail — Rosé, Lillet Rosé, sparkling Rosé, Lychee black tea, pear and lime juice, and thai basil.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Thanks for following my monthly Sweet Spotting in 2013. Although it's been fun to compile my sweet snaps each month, this series won't continue in 2014. I'll be sure to share the best-of-the-best sweets here on the blog and more on Instagram too.
I left with approximately ten pounds of cookies from my girls' annual Christmas Cookie exchange.
We had a "snow day" and I enjoyed my Peppermint Bark and gingerbread cookies from my mom, and my spiked chocolate milk.
Goody goody gumdrop garland from Target.
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get... so you just keep eating them until you find the one you originally craved.
Red Hot Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.
The Hershey's Chocolate Spread is addicting. Thanks, Klout! #SpreadPossibilities
NYE14 Cupcakes from Trailercakes.
Pretzel Chips are always a favorite snack (especially dipped in mint chocolate).
Past Sweet Spotting / January, February, March, April, Summer, September, October, November, December
Monday, December 30, 2013
The quote above is from Gretchen Rubin in her book The Happiness Project, a book I hold near and dear to my hear, and often preach about. It was a life changer.
Here I am, on a busy*-to-the-brim Monday after the Christmas holiday, making the most of this last day before the last day of the year. Today I attended a funeral of a co-worker's husband who had his life cut short because of cancer, and I must say, attending a funeral at the end of the year really makes you think about your priorities and resolutions.
*Busy: My number one bad word of 2013. Recently I've started to loathe the word. I am busy. You at busy. We all say it, but what are we truly busy with? Is our busy more important than someone else's busy? Absolutely not. We all have commitments but we also can prioritize. The days are long and packed with never-ending to-do's, but if it's important, we can't be busy. Our years are short and I'm certain that we can all make our priorities number one, regardless of if we are "busy."
Resolutions: run a marathon, start a business, take photos every day, read at least two books a month, and add new stamps to my passport.
These resolutions are most certainly going to keep me "busy", but staying busy with my priorities, that's what matters. It's important to note that family and friends always come first when it comes to priorities. Oh, and safety. Safety first. Always.