Adulting 101.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Friday Friends! How was your week? Tell me everything. This week was one of those weeks that make being an adult a pain in the butt. We had a great weekend last weekend and then the week hit hard.

My in-laws come in town tonight and are our saving grace after a long week. Ya know those weeks where you set out Sunday night with the best, most well planned intentions, and before Monday at noon hits, all your plans have gone down the tube? Welcome to our week.

Henry had to go to the vet last minute to get more heart-worm pills. Lola peed on our bed (!!!!), duvet to the dry cleaner, I double-booked plans, I left files at the office when I was at court. I dropped a glass vase. I forgot to pay our HOA bill. Life happens. Being an adult is tough and even the most well thought our plans don't go as planned.


Luckily, there are people out there that can help with all those needs. Take Nationwide for example. They're an amazing insurance company that will have your back when you need it the most. Saving you money, time and headaches.

Plus, they make busy weeks go faster and easier.

Saving Money Made Simple

Being the one in charge of the needs of your family can be a headache and a half. If you are not always on top of all of the different household tasks that have to be accomplished each day, it can throw off your entire system. One of the easiest ways to feel like you are not doing your best is when you notice that your budget is off. This can become particularly difficult during times when you are trying to work on some especially important moves for your life.

It can be impossible to find the right local insurance plan, for example, if you do not have any funds in your budget. Luckily, all hope is not lost. It is entirely possible for you to rise to the challenge and find all of the funds you need to take care of your insurance goals. All you have to do is take a moment to consider how you can do better with planning for your financial future. Follow a few of these simple steps and see if you can get off on the right foot.

Stop Paying For Simple Services

There are some jobs that will come up in life that you are going to need to turn to the help of the professionals for. If a pipe bursts in your house in the middle of winter, you’ll definitely want to spring for a plumber. Of course, there are hundreds of services that people wind up paying for on a regular basis that are a waste of money. If you are trying to save for your future, the best thing to do is cut back on the services that you have to pay for yourself.

The services that you should stop paying for are the ones that you can easily handle without professional assistance. If you tear a hole in your favorite pants, for example, you might want to rush out to the local dry cleaner and have the hole repaired. This might not seem like a big expense but the costs add up. Grab a needle and some thread and get to sewing your clothing for yourself. It might take some extra time but the money that you save can be used towards much more important moves for your future.

Give Up the Coffee

Putting an end to paying for services that you can take care of yourself is just the beginning of your journey. There are tons of helpful ways to cut back on your daily expenses and see impressive results. If you are someone who drinks a lot of coffee, it stands to reasons that you grab a cup or two of java each day while you’re out in the world. Coffee does not seem like a big expense due to the inexpensive nature of the drink but each small purchase of a coffee will wind up costing you over time.

Instead of buying coffee while on the go, you are going to be doing yourself a big favor by learning to make it at home. Start your day by brewing a big pot of coffee and filling a travel mug that is designed to keep drinks the desired temperature. If you have a big enough travel mug, you could be sipping on a hot cup of coffee throughout your entire day. All it takes is an investment in the right mug and you will start seeing the savings add up in your account.

Find the Best Methods

There are hundreds of ways to cut back on your spending so that you can balance your budget a bit better. If you are trying to find the perfect insurance plan, then it is important to discover ways to save. Find the best methods that work for your lifestyle and get started on this plan as soon as possible.



Happy Weekend Friends!

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The Everyday Posie + Co Giveaway!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Thursday friends! We've officially made it over the hump. Can you believe it? I know it sounds like I live for the weekends, but it's true, I kinda do. This week I've been trying to get myself to actually enjoy the week, even if it is full of work, busy schedules, errands and all that adulting stuff we often complain about.

One of my 2017 goals (and life goal in general) is to live a life full of intention. Even if I don't like my current season of life or I'm struggling with it, I'm trying to find it's purpose. That includes Tuesdays. Don't get me started, but Tuesdays are the worst.

This week has been a week of friends supporting friends, women supporting women and I'm digging it. In the last few days, I've felt super encouraged by the friendships I have. I have the most incredible girlfriends and they are doing amazing things. I've always considered myself a girls-girls. I love my girlfriends more than most humans.

From nurses to loan officers to attorneys to teachers to entrepreneurs to moms raising bad-ass little ones. My friends are kicking butt.

Today I'm telling you about one of those spectacular friends of mine. 

My bff Whitney started a blog, Positively Posie a little over 2 months ago. If blogging (being a mom to a 16-month old and a wife) isn't a tough enough gig, she decided to start her own company, Posie + Co (get the blog heading now?). It's a graphic tee shirt company with all the t-shirts you need for everyday.

Whitney and some of our friends came up with these darling designs and Whitney is doing it all by herself. She's marketing it and handling all the business side. She's a boss.
ITS GIVEAWAY TIME! Today and for the next week we will be hosting a giveaway! This is your chance to win any tee you want! We can all thank Whitney for her generosity in giving away not only the shirt of your choice, but if you do all the entries, you could win a Posie + Co tote.

Thanks Whitney, not only for being a bad-ass at all you do, but for your kindness.

PS. Sharing is caring, make sure to repin this pin! 


REMEMBER if you do all the entries, you will be entered for a special giveaway to win a Posie + Co TOTE. This tote is brand new and isn't even on the website yet. You guys are getting special access to all the good stuff Posie + Co has to offer.

Guys, this is huge. Tell your friends, tell your spouse, you do not want to miss your chance to win. Plus, who doesn't love free stuff.

If you love social media, make sure to give us a shout out with the hashtag #EverydayPosie


Look at this mom babe! 
I mean, who doesn't LOVE champagne? 

I live for a good prop. 

Don't forget to use the hashtag #EverydayPosie -- Good luck everyone!

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Recipe: Paleo Mushroom Ravioli

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

You asked, I answered.

I am amazed by the response I got to my Instagram stories about the paleo ravioli. I didn't know what to expect when I ventured into this recipe. It could have been a total dumpster fire. But, ladies and gentleman, this recipe was soooo delicious.



This recipe was not super easy and not super quick. Please don't leave me yet. I promise, this recipe will be your show stopper recipe. Make this for your friends, they'll think you're a professional. Make this for your husband, he'll love you even more.

A lot of you asked about the dough I used for the ravioli. I hate to tell ya this, but I didn't make my own dough. I used Capellos lasagna noodles. I thawed them out a bit, and used them to make my own ravioli! It turned out so much better than I expected. Yes, there are recipes for paleo ravioli dough, but honestly, it takes even longer. Capellos is incredible.

The inside was just something I kind of made up. Before I left to go shopping, I meal planned everything and when I got to Whole Foods, I realized I had meal planned everything except the inside of the ravioli. Adam is mushroom obsessed, so I just kind of made this up. I figured with my own sauce, some delicious insides, this ravioli was going to be delish.

The sauce was a mixture of my favorite homemade sauce and a little secret ingredient. It will be my go-to from now on. Overall time, one hour. Eating time, five minutes. Guys, we scarfed this recipe. Mmmmhmmmm. Let's get to it, shall we?

Look at those delicious little balls of mushrooms
Mmmhmm... 

Ingredients:
Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves gargle, mined
  • 1 can (24 ounces) diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon truffle salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Guys, this sauce. The balsamic vinegar in here is everything. 

Mushroom Filling 

  • big handful of mushrooms (about a cup), diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 dried ground sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

 The more mushrooms the better. 

Happy Wednesday friends! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Early Access!)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's finally here, the day we've all been waiting for. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. First things first, today starts early access. Meaning any of you out there with Nordstrom cards (credit or debit) can shop all the new fall everything before the rest of the world gets their chance.

Don't worry, if you're not a card holder, access starts next week. Which means, this blog post will totally prepare you for your shopping debut next week. There is so much good stuff this year. It took me about 4 hours to dig through the pages and pages of new items.

But, to help ya out, I've narrowed it down in easy to shop categories! Wanna splurge? Got it. Wanna save? I got that too. Man in your life need a wardrobe update? Girl, I got you covered.

Let's get shopping!

NORDSTROM -  Nordstrom Credit Cardholders: Shop Anniversary Sale Early Access through July 20!

3 TIPS:
  1. Nordstrom is constantly adding things throughout the sale. If you like it, buy it. It may not stick around. And, keep checking back! You don't want to miss all the new stuff.
  2. Remember, we're shopping for fall. I know it's 80 degrees out and the beautiful wool winter coat doesn't sound like a good idea, but when it's December and freezing and you have to pay full price, you'll thank me. 
  3. Don't forget, Nordstrom is the ultimate at returns. If you hate it, send it back for something new. 
Are you ready? The Nordstrom Sale is here. I'm pretty sure every blogger out there is blogging, so thanks for picking me! I hope I helped you dig through the masses and find some the best stuff out there!

FAVORITES UNDER $50: The best thing about this category? Everything is under $50. Get these quick because they go quick! Remember, you can always return, but be honest, would ya? Graphic tees, right? I love this saying. I even have it framed in my office. I probably need the shirt too. Last but not least, the duster? Comes in like 7 colors. I need them all. 




FAVORITES UNDER $100: Got a little bonus at work? Feel like spending a titch more? This category is for you. Guys, I am obsessed with velvet this year and this velvet duster is giving me everything. 



BEAUTY: If you're like me, not only do you buy clothes at Nordstrom, but you buy all your beauty products. Living Proof is the BEST dry shampoo in the world. Also, if you haven't tried Mario Badescu, this is your chance. His stuff is life changing





SPLURGE: You got a huge bonus at work? Get it girl. I am dyinnggg over this Cole Haan wool wrap coat and those boots?! Swoon. Save those bonus' you are going to want everything in this category. 


THE MEN: I didn't forget about you guys. I am living for this royal blue wool blazer. It's perfect for a nice dinner out come fall. 

Shhh don't tell Adam but I got him that Herschel bag for his birthday. He's in the market for a new weekend bag and I think he'll love it. Throw in some Jack Black and I'm winning wife of the year :) 





Happy Thursday everyone! This weekend Adam is running in the tough mudder  - make sure you're following on Instagram, you do not want to miss these stories! 

We're almost to the weekend. Let's finish it out strong. 

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Guest Post: Does Opening Up to your Dog Affect Your Mental Health?

Friday, July 7, 2017

If you are a dog lover, it has probably happened to you at least once: you are sitting with your dog in some random park conversing with him or her about the joys and sadness of everyday life. Suddenly, you come to the realization that you are not in the privacy of your own home, but rather in a public place and the folks walking by you have been giving you a weird look as you and your pup have been having a heartfelt chat.

Those strangers may think that you are crazy. However, does opening up your heart to a dog adversely affect your mental health in some way or another?


Our Human Need for Companionship

Dog lovers will almost unanimously attest to the fact that having a furry, four-legged friend in the home is good for your health. Studies have repeatedly shown pet owners to have lower blood pressure and better overall health than their “pet-less” peers. However, a recent article in Time Magazine shows that there are also mental health benefits to owning a dog as pets have been shown to lower stress and anxiety.

Sitting down on the couch with your pup after a long and stressful day of work is a great way to
unwind. In fact, petting your dog can even cause your body to release certain relaxation hormones that help to get rid of anxiety. Dogs are usually great listeners and you can rest assured that your dog will never offer some sort of snide remark.

Furthermore, dogs have a resilience and strength of character that is inspiring, to say the least. Even when confronted with a threat to their survival, dogs find ways to overcome the challenges that they face. This resilience and positive outlook on life can often help people find the determination to
improve their own situations.


The Need for Human Contact As Well

While confiding in your dog as a strategy to unwind after a long day of work is a perfectly acceptable coping mechanism and a good way to get rid of the stress and anxiety that too often characterizes our lives, we humans also need to have human companionship.

A person who is experimenting with a new haircut might ask his dog for opinions on his new look when it would obviously behoove him to get feedback from a person who might be able to offer some constructive criticism. Being able to accept criticism is something that we will never be able to get from dogs, yet it is a fundamental part of being human.


Balance is the Key

As with everything in life, finding the right balance between time spent confiding in your dog and sharing your innermost feelings with human counterparts is the key to good mental health. Let your dog listen to your everyday work frustrations, but make sure to find a human listener when you are in need of some good advice.

Bio: Aron James is the founder of StubblePatrol.com. He loves to write about his personal experiences.

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My Friday Favorites!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Friday friends and Happy (almost) 4th of July! I am so thankful for this weekend. Today, I'm in Sonoma, basking in the glory of my friend Callies wedding weekend! It's so fun getting to get away with my hubs and spend some time with our friends.

This is Adam's first trip to San Fran/Napa and I am so excited to show him around. Last night, we were in San Fran with my best friend Coti and her hubs. Cocktails, delicious dinner and then this morning we all ventured up to Napa to get the wedding weekend started!

Insta-stories is the place to be this weekend people. You don't want to miss out on the action.

Can you believe it's July tomorrow! Holy moly, we are officially more than half-way through the year. 2017 is flyying. So, remember how I told ya'll my washer was broken? Update, it's still broken. They're coming back again next week. Kill me. What the heck am I supposed to do?

I'll tell ya, I'm getting away and calling my gf Ryann to go to her house. Ryann, you are a life saver.

Let's back in the good stuff, shall we? Friday favorites are calling my name. Sometimes when I write this post its to boost my mood, sometimes its so there's something on the blog. But today, it's because there is SO much good stuff in the world and I just have to share.


ONE If you want to catch up on the point of this weekend in Napa, check out my recap & travel guide here! Callie is one of my dearest friends and college roommate. This weekend is dedicated to her.

TWO Lets be Instagram besties. Like I said, big things coming at ya this weekend. You do not wanna miss out. Plus, Adam is running the tough-mudder in three weeks and it's an obstacle course with all kinds of crazy crap, in the mountains. Guys, I'm telling ya, insta-stories.

THREE I turned 30 almost a month ago and I'm obsessed with this new age and new year. Wanna know why I was terrified? Read about it here. But, today I am 30, flirty (not really) and thriving (trying!). Here's to make 30 even better than 29.

FOUR I shared my Austin Travel Guide on the blog this week. Austin is the best. My friends are the best and I highly suggest you book a trip there ASAP. If anyone wants to plan a trip together, let me know.

FIVE Wanna travel more? Hit up my post on Grand Cayman. I also suggest booking a trip there. Talk about dream land. I'll be working on another Napa travel guide soon. Cant wait to show ya.

SIX My best friend started a t-shirt company Posie + Co. She's doing a giveaway on her Instagram - go go go! PS. I'm determined to win the giveaway, but I like a challenge, go enter!

SEVEN I'm currently obsessed with Maren Morris and James Arthur. I can't stop. I go between their two albums on Spotify. To make your life easier, I combined them and put it in a playlist. See below. You are welcome!

MAREN & JAMES

A playlist featuring Maren Morris

EIGHT Nordstrom is about to have it's anniversary sale and in preparation, I shared all my favorite Nordstrom summer picks. Make sure you come back the week of July 13 for all my amazing anniversary picks. I talked to my stylist at Nordys yesterday and we have some AMAZING stuff coming for ya!

NINE My girlfriend Ally runs the cutest online shop Fleurish Letters + Design. I interviewed in her a full post here. Do not miss it. Plus, if you need a gift for ANYTHING, she is your girl. Trust.

TEN It's 4th of July weekend, its the weekend and it's a holiday. PLUS my sister in laws birthday is on the fourth. I love this week. Enjoy people. Glad to live this great country. See ya on the other side!

Happy weekend! 

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The Bachelorette: All four hours.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy Thursday! Today is technically my Friday and thank heavens! I am off to the land of rolling hills and vineyards and I couldn't be more excited. 

This week we were graced with two nights of Bachelorette, something that thrilled Adam. For his sake and mine, I watched night one with my girlfriend Ryann and then the second night with Adam. He's lucky I've got her or he would have been in for F O U R solid hours. 

Let's get to it. 


We pick back up with Kenny bringing Lee outside to again, talk about how they both talk shit about each other to Rachel and that they hate it. Oh Kenny and Lee. This whole thing is crazy cakes. I think they're both gonna go home. If they've learned nothing about this show, this much drama never turns out to be good for either party. Unless you're Vienna and Jake and we all know how that turned out. A huge blowup breakup on national TV where Vienna accused Jake of pretty much beating her up. Soooo. 

Alright tangent, and we're back. I think Bryan is actually really into Rachel. At first, she acts like shes not buying what he's selling, but before we know it, they're making out and he got the first rose of the night. Bryan reminds me of every contestant that focuses really hard on the lead, and the lead soon realizes that the contestant likes the lead way more than the lead likes him. 

Here's hoping this isn't the case with Bryan because he's a doll. 

ONE-ON-ONE: Jack Stone makes me laugh. He seems like a guido that lives in Dallas. The body language is no good here. This is the worst date ever. 

This date is so awkward. Rachel is saying something is missing and I think it is so obvious to everyone watching that something is seriously missing.  She is not at all interested.


"I would lock the door and we would lay in bed and hang out." Grossssssss. He's going home. 


Spoiler Alert: Jack Stone (shocker), Iggy (the shit stirrer) and ____ (the tickler). I think Rachel made some pretty good decisions there.

Let's go to Oslo.  I'm not at all shocked Bryan got the first European one-on-one. I mean, from the first five minutes of this episode, you can tell that Bryan is going to be a front runner. Now we just watch all the other guys freak out.

You can tell Rachel is terrified repelling off this mountain. Shoot, I don't blame her. But hey, It's ABC, nothing is gonna happy. I think they are adorable. He is so into her and it's undeniable she is interested. Attention-- Bryan is in LOVE. swoon. First "Falling in love" mark it down!

GROUP DATE: Let's do this. Aka let's get through the date so we can go to the two on one with Kenny and Lee. Handball in spandex.  Do you think ABC required the boys to wear this outfit?

Dinner date portion - Rachel loves to make out. I love the Russian and his top knot. Josiah is laying it on thickkkkkkk. I don't think Rachel is buying the sh** he selling. Will got the rose? Shocking.

Kenny keeps calling Lee reptil-Lee-an” and a “Lee-zard, and it just furthers solidifies my thoughts that they both need to go home. Good lord.

TWO-ON-ONE: I wish Rachel would go with her gut and trust Kenny because she's gonna watch this show back and realize that Lee really is the villain. Can you tell how incredibly cold it is?! They're both gasping to catch their breath! Can we talk about Kenny coming back laughing at Lee? I feel like they're both losing it a little bit.

Rachel: "Lee, I don't trust you. I have to send you home." Hallelujah. BYE LEE.

Lee: "That's okay sweetheart." Gross.

Adam: "Skummy lee is totally gonna be on bachelor in paradise right babe?" 


It's so sweet to hear Kenny talk to his little girl. It's very very sweet. She is darling.

Mid-episode rose ceremony. Let's go. How do we get Chris Harrison to listen to my requests that rose ceremonies need to end the episodes. We're just looking for closure here Chris!

"If she doesn't pick me there's something wrong with her brain." -Josiah

Spoiler Alert: Josiah boy bye.  Anthony. 

TO DENMARK: Back to my thought a few posts again; Do we think Rachel gets to pick where she goes? It looks beautiful here but so cold. I would be like, hey ABC take me to the islands. I want to wear bathing suits, cover ups and drink cocktails on a yacht.

ONE-ON-ONE: I'm not sure why, but Eric seems like a little boy. Like the annoying next door neighbor that's always wanting to ride bikes around the neighbor and play cops and robbers (which was my favorite childhood game BTW).

Eric is clearly obsessed with Rachel. Whether or not they have a connection is beyond me, but I think he's obsessed with the idea of Rachel. He's very excited/hyper/giddy/silly. I imagine it's because he's a bit nervous but it seems like an act. Oh you just happen to have your suit with you? 

I know Rachel says she likes his energy, but yikes. He gets rose.

GROUP DATE: Viking challenge. Funny that Kenny wins but then later in the night, she sends him home. SPOILER! Dean might not be super physical with these boys but an hes cute and she thinks so too. PS. Adam called Peter getting the group date rose. He's way better at this than me.

ONE-ON-ONE: I agree with Rach (we're besties now). Will is sweet, but it's alarming that when he describes himself, he says hes affectionate and passionate, but they just looked like friends on this date. SPOILER - bye Will.

Spoiler: Alex. I was actually sad about this and apparently Rachie was too. He was so cute and manly, but apparently not enough. But she kept Matt, who I'm sure is still just a stand in while she figures out if shes marrying Bryan, Peter or Dean.

We are S I X guys away from a finale! Can you believe how fast this season went? I barely know the guys names yet!


See ya'll in Paradise, sooner than we thought!


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The Ultimate Austin Travel Guide

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This travel guide has been a long time coming, but it's finally here! Please excuse my delay, we did so many activities and putting them to paper took me forever. But, I promise, this post is worth the wait.

I've been to Austin before, but it was ages ago and I didn't really know what to expect. I've been to Texas maybe 3 times in my life, so I went in eyes wide open. This bachelorette party was for my girlfriend, Kate. We met in college when we were both working for Pepperdine's magazine. She's one of the best people I know and I felt honored to be invited to spend the weekend celebrating her.

One of my favorite moments with Kate was one road-trip back to Arizona from CA. First, we stuff our faces with sushi in Laguna and then headed back to AZ to surprise my family. We stopped at every tourist trap on 1-10 between LA and Phoenix. We took way too many stupid pictures, ate beef jerky that was the most random meats (like ostrich? gross), and a trip that should take about 6 hours, took 10. It was so much fun.

Oh hi, stunner. 

Our weekend in Austin was so full of laughs, delicious cocktails, old school beer pong and great meals. Plus, thousands of photos and a group text that is still active today. Shout-out to Kate's sis, Jessica for planning such an incredible weekend. It was one I will not forget.

Oh hey. Jess, when are you planning the next girls weekend?!

I cannot wait to see Kate marry her love this summer. It's going to be one for the record books. PS. That one is back in Sonoma too - so much wine country, I can't wait to show you!

But, before we watch her get married, we got the chance to celebrate her last big weekend as a single lady. Austin, you were weird and I loved you. Let's get to it.


WHAT YOU NEED: 
If you've never been to Texas, be prepared for the humidity. It was way hotter than I thought it would be. But, the best part, you are not too far away from some pretty amazing bodies of water.

For our weekend, we needed boat clothes, going out clothes, wine tasting outfits and big hats for all the sunshine.Imagine your cutest sundresses and your comfiest sandals, that is what you need for a weekend in Austin. Throw in a cute dress to go out to dinner and drinks and you are all set. Swimsuit, cover-up and your iPhone. Pictures are a must.

Might I also suggest a great group a girls, the best bachelorette (like Kate) and a camera with a timer (or a Polaroid!). (See below!)

The best group of girls. I loved getting to catch up with some of my Pepperdine girls 
and meeting all of Kates amazing friends.
Look at this house. Such a dream.

WHAT TO DO: First, there is so much to do in Austin, I wish I could have stayed there for two weeks. We were there for three nights and 3 1/2 days and boy did we cram a ton in. 
  • Rent a house, not a hotel: Kate and Jess, our amazing hostesses found the BEST house in Austin. It slept all 12 of us, had the biggest backyard ever and was the perfect location for 12 girls to get to know each other, have dinners and most importantly, have fun. It was the cutest house I've ever stayed in. I'll be back ya little dream bungalow. 
  • Day on Lake Austin or Lake Travis: We spent the day at Lake Austin and it was incredible. We tethered up in the party cove, listened to jams, drank cold beer, took thousands of pictures and floated. There are tons of people tethered in this part of the lake, so heads up, be careful but have the best time ever. Oh, and at the end of the lake on the hill is Matthew McConaughey's house, wave hello!
  • Wine Tasting: Did you know there's wine tasting in Austin? I had NO idea. We jumped on a big bus and found ourselves in the mountains of wine county. We went to three different vineyards throughout the day. There are tons to hit up, My recommendation is Hawk's Shadow Winery. It's the best. Or you can go to Duchman Family Wines - it has the prettiest vineyard and the best spots to sit and relax. You seriously feel like your in the hills of Tuscany when you walk in their building, it's stunning.
  • Go to Rainey Street: Rainey Street is the cutest block of old homes turned into bars. All the bars have the great decks in the front and back, packed full of people and great music. We grabbed cocktails and sat on the back deck and just chilled. It was the best. 
  • South Congress: Great shopping and the famous "I love you so much" wall!
  • Great food: See below! 
  • Have face masks made of the groom: See below! 
Oh hi Julian! Face masks are always a good idea.
 The cutest lil' vineyard and the cutest group of girls 
Party cove and the best group of ladies.

Too much good stuff here

WHERE TO STAY:  
  • VRBO or AirBnB:  This is my ultimate recommendation for a group of girls. It was awesome because we really had the opportunity to get to know each other. We were able to sleep 12 girls, eat dinner together, play games, have a fire-pit, play yard games and enjoy each other. It was nice to not have to split up and divide into separate rooms. Since I didn't stay at a hotel, I don't have much to recommend but, here are some other cute hotels! 
  • The Driskill: The Driskill (now a Hilton!) was opened in 1886 and has been deemed a historic site since 1969. Not only is it historic, but it has a reputation for being “haunted”. At check-in they even gave us a list of their “ghost stories” upon request.
  • Four Seasons (always a reliable choice!): The hotel is perched on the banks of Lady Bird Lake which is outlined by a famous trail regarded as one of the best places in in the city (some might say the entire country) to exercise and enjoy the outdoors—something that the state capital’s residents frequently do. 
  • Hotel Saint Cecilia: Named after the patron saint of music, the Saint Cecilia — which features turntables in every room and has an extensive library of vinyl records — is already a favorite of big-name musicians who swing into town to play on the city’s countless stages. Rock-star style and Southern hospitality make a rare and beguiling combination. Everything about this hotel is thought out and well considered, from the plate of locally made sweets that greet you in your room to the handwritten note nearby.
  • The W: Cocktails such as the cucumber and jalapeno lemonade, made with local Deep Eddy Vodka, or the green bee, which uses honey sourced from the hotel’s rooftop hives.
If that's not the happiest wine guy ever .
This little bun bride
The prettiest view at Hawks Shadow 
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WHERE TO EAT: Our first night at the house, we ate in because girls were sort of trickling in throughout the night. We ordered tons and pizza and just hung around getting to know each other. I totally suggest this, especially in a group where not everyone knows each other. It's the perfect bonding time. Plus, who doesn't like pizza. Our last night, Jess got mexican food catered in. I wish I would have gotten a picture. We had enough food to feed 75 people and if I'm being honest, we made a pretty damn good dent. 
  • FixeOur refined interpretation of family dinner may sound familiar with biscuits and fried chicken on the menu, but each dish has been infused with surprising flavors that are prepared in Chef’s modern style. Take my word on this one people, get the biscuits and the jalapeno Moscow mule. You will not be disappointed. 
  • Hula HutThis is traditional Tex-Mex with a Polynesian twist that all culminates into the Finest "Mexonisian" cuisines. This place is so darling and sits right on Lake Austin. 
  • Abels on the LakeAbel’s on the Lake is the prime spot to come enjoy a drink with your friends while relaxing on our huge double deck. This restaurant location has the best sunset views in Austin! 
    With spectacular views of Lake Austin, our fare includes great food, mixed drinks and a selection of over sixty beers on tap, including 17 local brews. Nothing is better than a beautiful day on the water!
Now, let's get to the pictures. We have a shared album with over 200 pictures, but some things are meant to stay at a bach. Here are the best ones. 

Julian tats and the prettiest bride
Because why not slap the bag? 
Floating with some of my new favorite people
Reunited with my pepperdine girls 
Dream day. 
When you become great friends with your best friends best friend. 

Austin final thoughts: Go to Austin. Tell your friends, bring your friends and enjoy it. It's such a fun city, and it helps if you have the best group of girls to go with. 

If you've been to Austin, tell me all about it! Where should I go the next time I'm there? Send me everything! 

Hey Kate, only 45 days until you are a MRS! 

Until next time. PS - don't forget to follow along on Insta-stories. This weekend, Napa. It's one you don't wanna miss. Happy Wednesday friends! 

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