The Weekend

What a weekend!   It seriously feels like I was on the go nonstop and I didn’t hate it.  After having a really laid back Spring Break, I was ready for an eventful weekend.

Lets recap shall we?

Friday kicked off with a surprise baby shower for a co-worker at school.  We coach together and she is having a little boy come May. Following the baby shower, I drove out to College Station to spend the night with my aunt and uncle. We watched a movie, had dinner and then went to bed!  

Saturday dawned bright and early.  I slept fantastic and had a leisurely morning with coffee and a muffins.  Then we jumped in the car and headed out to explore a little but of Texas.

We ended up in Independence, Texas (where Texas officially declared independence from Mexico, apparently they have a big celebration on March 2nd).  Our stop in Independence was the Antique Rose Emporium, which is basically just a little nursery where you can purchase different types of plants and flowers.  They have a huge space with adorable little walkways and paths all lined with sweet smelling florals.

I literally could have spent all day here, it was so peaceful and beautiful.  And the Texas weather was absolutely perfect!  There was also a little chapel on the grounds and you can rent out the space for weddings and other special events.  Which I feel like would be the perfect setting for a wedding I mean look at this place!

These roses smelled heavenly.  I stood there for at least 10 minutes inhaler their sweet scent and taking about a thousand pictures.

After our stroll through The Emporium, we headed back to College Station and had a tasty lunch at a popular burger place, Koppe Bridge Bar & Grill.  Then it was back to Houston.

Once I got back to Houston, I decided to do a little DIYing.  My friend Jordan had posted that she was going to be making her own farmhouse inspired candle holders.  I loved them so much I decided to make some for myself.   So a trip to Home Depot and about $25 later I have these adorable new candle holders.  Apparently the original ones can cost as much $200.  But you can find the full tutorial for these little beauties over at Jordan’s blog, Former Kennedy.

As I was getting my DIY on, I watched Midnight in Paris and reminded myself just how much love that movie.  I would love for what happens to Owen Wilson to happen to me.  Plus I agree with my friend Jenny, who said that the film gives a great message in that every generation feels like the time period they’re living in is unfulfilling.  And that previous generations “had it better”.   But that we should appreciate that every generation feels like that!  So enjoy the time period you’re living in to the fullest because the next era will think we had it better!

Sunday morning I was up bright and early again.  I met some friends from work for brunch at Churasscos, a tasty South American inspired restaurant in Memorial City.  It was so nice to spend some time with them outside of work.  Plus we celebrated my birthday since I wasn’t in town on my actual birthday.

The later part of the day was spent at Lawless Spirits & Kitchen at a blogger workshop.  This was my first workshop with the Houston Bloggers Union, a branch of The Blogger Union.  I was so excited to attend this particular workshop because the focus was photography!  The event was put on by two local Houston bloggers, Anastasia and Natalie from It’s not Hou it’s me.  They put together a fantastic workshop with some amazing venders.   We had a Q&A with two fantastic photographers, Maritere from Maritere Rice Photography and Kellan and Michelle from Cotton Weddings.

Following the Q&A we had the opportunity to practice out skills using some amazing props from some amazing venders around Houston.  I got to chat with Michelle about using manual mode and she gave me some great tips and tricks.  While there were all kinds of props and set ups we could have practiced with I found myself mostly drawn to the florals and pretty desserts.  I’ve included some of my favorites from the session.

Mind you these are completely raw photos.  I didn’t edited them at all.  
To say I had a great time at the meet up would be an understatement.  I met some great fellow bloggers and actually learned something! Which is exactly what I was hoping to get out of the workshop!  I cannot wait until the next one! 
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The weekend was eventful, I feel like I need another one just to recover!  Anyone else think that Friday should just be a weekend rather than weekday?  Three day weekends all the time sound pretty great to me!
Have a great week friends!  Linking up with Biana for Weekending! 

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216 thoughts on “The Weekend

  1. I'm with you and definitely would have expected a lot more raunchiness from an adult book con! At least y'all had a good time and got to spend lots of time together! I'm so glad that you made her rewatch A Knight's Tale! It's Heath Ledger, how could she have not liked it the first time around! I'm so jealous that you're getting to go to the Pinterest workshop! I would totally be going, but it's Chris's birthday party weekend and we'll have family in town 😦 Lame!

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  2. Darn about the book conference, your snaps were fun…at least your friend had a good time! I love the Woodlands Mall, and I have that Anthro mug, I love it! I so wish I was in Houston for the Perform on Pinterest workshop, hope you get that assignment figured out! Happy Monday!

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  3. oh that sucks it wasn't as raunchy as you expected. i had to laugh at the sweet tarts! hilarious. i'd love to go to a bigger book conference one day and be surrounded by other bookworms. i'd feel so normal haha. that little austen book is so cute, as is that mug.

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  4. Your weekend sounds a lot like mine! Chris is going to be out of town next weekend, and I'm seriously going to try and not go out of the house one day! It'll be fun to see if I can make it happen! So glad that you're liking The Lake House! The only other Kate Morton book that I read started off really slow too, but I ended up loving it!

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  5. Totally didn't leave the house on Sunday and I was more than ok with that. Sounds like you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend which is well deserved! Crazy that you're almost done with school, how exciting!! Yay for a new contouring palette, you're gonna have to let me know how you like it as far as drugstore brands go. I just bought my first few lipsticks from Colourpop and am so excited. I missed the sale by 15 minutes, but ended up only spending $30 for 6 lipsticks!!

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  6. OMG that ice-cream! What is in it? It looks amazing!! Super unfortunate the pup has taken such a liking to you. However, I suggest buying a natural spray cleaner that has properties to \”discourage\” dogs from peeing in areas. It has work for my pup. I use Nature's Miracle. They have it at petsmart but I suggest amazon or a farm supply store because the price was way jacked up at petsmart.Emily, My Favorite Day

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  7. We saw the Captain America movie this weekend, too–I thought it was really good as well. What a fun spin on a super hero movie, right?Yay for finally having your movie in date, and for blates with friends!!

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  8. You had so much fun girls time this weekend, and I'm glad that you got to spend some of that with me! Hooray for watching the Godfather! It's such a good and classic movie that you have to watch it at some point in time! GOT!!!!! They just keep on getting better and better after the season premiere! I can't wait to see what else we learn through Bran's visions!

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  9. What a fun weekend girl! Loved that we both got our Colourpop orders in, bummer about the nudes, but I was going back and forth about London Fog and will now be getting it in my next order! Glad you got to spend time with girlfriends, I want to see Captain America, I've heard so many good things!! I couldn't find the NYX correcting palette at my local Ulta, may need to check another one or online :)!

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  10. i have learned i don't look good in a lot of lip colours lol. i found my favourite/holy grail and i won't budge from it, i wear it everywhere to everything. it is a nude, but it has a pink tinge to it. love it. the london fog was amazing on you though. yay for moving day and girls nights! good to know about that movie, i was waiting for dvd because it didn't look the best. i know i'm in the minority but i am not a fan of rebel wilson.

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  11. RHNJ is going to be so good this season! I have to admit I might have cried a little bit when Tre came home, even though I really don't like her and thought that she deserved to go to jail…And hooray for getting some cute things for your new apartment! I loved your tray so much, and I can't wait to see how everything turns out all decorated!.Gymnastics in the Olympics are always so awesome! I feel like I'm going into withdrawals because we missed a lot of it last time during the Olympics because we were on vacation. I also love watching swimming! It's so exciting! I'm super jealous of your grocery store runs during the middle of the day!

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  12. I love VoxBox and that tray is so pretty! We watched the gymnastics too, it is my hubby's fav. I prefer the swimming but I will watch it all!

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  13. I scored that voxbox too and squealed when I opened it and saw how many amazing Este products I was getting!!! Sadly, I got the Flash Illuminator in too dark of a shade for me too! I was like did they even read my profile?! I needed a 1 not a 4. Loving everything else though! That flower tray is gorgeous! TJ Maxx is just the best, right?!

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  14. All of the release parties looked like so much fun! I read most of the books late (like two years ago) so I missed out on the excitement when the original books were released! Congratulations on your new niece– I'm sure you can't wait to go and see her.

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  15. Hooray for a new niece! It's always so much fun when friends start having babies that you get to spoil! I was so jealous when I saw all of your pictures from the release party! I wish that I had known about it and I totally would have gone. And hooray for finally joining Netgalley! I can't wait to see what you pick!

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  16. You got so much done during this weekend! I love those photos that you took of your friend! Is that the Sugar & Cloth wall that I see behind her? And way to go on getting posts ready for the whole week! I'm totally a night before type of blogger as well, unless I know that I'm going to be super busy during the week and won't have time to write. Boo for it being your last week of school! Hopefully you enjoy it to the fullest!

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  17. awww your friend's baby is too cute. that bow is precious.The Dollhouse sounds interesting.. i still have 14 netgalley books to get through, i read a really good one yesterday that i absolutely loved (beauty & the clockwork beast, sounds weird, but it was amazing).yay back to school! haha. i love routine and KC being on summer break screws with my routine.

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  18. You've been very busy! What a little sweetheart, aww I love babies. I'm trying to stay out of Target but I must do a little grocery shopping today. I'm going to check out Netgallery, I've never heard of it but it sounds like I'd love it. Happy Monday!

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  19. oh the book exchange is such a good idea! i haven't read lady midnight, i thought it was on its own. i'm almost finished the shadowhunter series.. i started it 10 years ago, seriously.i love your apartment – so pretty!i tried hello fresh.. it was a big fat flop and i hated all the meals haha.

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  20. That's so awesome that y'all did a book exchange with your book club! I love the Shadow Hunters series, and think that you should give them a whirl, especially since we tend to have the same taste in books. Your Hello Fresh snaps were so funny! I have to admit I'm not much of a cook either, so I know that I would have been thinking a lot of the same things that you were! I feel like we have so much to catch up on, which is why I'm so excited to see you twice this weekend!

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  21. A book exchange sounds like so much fun, glad you got a great new book out of it! I've been wanting to read Where'd Ya Go, Bernadette, so officially adding that to my list of books to read. Sometimes at parties I am the worst at taking pictures, especially if you are just trying to have fun and soak it all in. Your apartment looks fab and all the little pieces you have work so well for the room! Oh my I can't wait to hear more about your dates and how you are enjoying Match.com….definitely recommend when you are feeling down about it, to just stick it out, if I hadn't I wouldn't have met my husband! Any tips you need let me know :)!

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  22. Love your new car! We currently have a Corolla but will likely need a second car soon, and that Rav4 looks great! It looks like you had a great weekend. I found your blog through Ashley's weekend recap, and I'm excited to start following along with another Texas blogger! 🙂

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