Thursday, September 28, 2017

State Fair of Texas Bucket List

To most people, there are four seasons in a year, but in Dallas, we have a fifth (maybe a sixth and seventh depending on who you ask #Football) but that fifth season in Dallas, would be FAIR SEASON! Starting the last week of September, and lasting for 24 glorious days, The State Fair of Texas is filled with fried food, fabulous attractions, and fun times! You can read about ten of the top things to do at the State Fair here!
Since The Fair is one of the main things Thomas and I do every year, we thought this year we would do a round up of the bucket list items that everyone needs to do whenever they visit The Fair!

Eat a Fletcher's Corn Dog ðŸ´
Take a picture with Big Tex ðŸ“¸
Ride the Texas Star Ferris Wheel 🎡 
Texas Fight or Boomer Sooner at Cotton Bowl Stadium ðŸˆ
Win a prize at the Midway ðŸ…
Catch a show on the Chevrolet Main Stage ðŸŽ¤
Try a crazy fried food ðŸ½
Soar above the fair on the Texas SkyWay ðŸš 
Enjoy some wine in the Wine Garden ðŸ·
Watch the Starlight Parade ðŸŒŸ
Follow along with the Wild West Pet Palooza ðŸ¶
Channel your inner Texas in the Go Texan Pavilion 🏛
Shop your way through Pavilions and Market Buildings ðŸ› 
Eat your way through the Tower Building Food Court ðŸ½
Oink oink at the pig races ðŸ·
Check out the latest vehicles at the Automotive Building ðŸš—
Ride DART to the fair ðŸš†
Down a beer at the Magnolia Beer Garden ðŸº
Catch the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation show at the Esplanade  
Pet your way through the petting zoo ðŸ´
Meet Big Tex mascot ❤️

If you'd like to download the bucket list in PDF version, you can snag that here!
Did we miss something you think totally needs to be on this list? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Activities in Dallas + Link Up

If there's one thing (almost) everyone loves, it's fall! In Dallas, "fall" shows up for about a week at the end of November, and it's magical. But the season starts long before that, so we know to embrace the 90 degree temps in the middle of October and roll with it! I have lived in Dallas my entire life, and while I know we don't have the traditional fall, I love the fall we have in this city! 
I've teamed up with a few different bloggers around the country to give you guys some of our favorite fall activities in our city! After reading all about fall in Dallas, use their links below to head to their pages and see what cities they are writing about! 
Autumn at the Arboretum 
If you ever find yourself in Dallas in the fall, and can't imagine what to do on such a beautiful day (and you don't want to do anything else on this list), get your booty to the Dallas Arboretum. With close to 90,000 pumpkins and gourds gorgeously displayed, you won't be disappointed! There's also a fairytale carriage (even Cinderella would be jealous), hay mazes, and of course, rows and rows or amazing pumpkins! Grab a few friends, bring a picnic and enjoy the sights on the lawn!
State Fair of Texas 
If you've ever been to Dallas in the fall, you know the State Fair is one of the biggest attractions! Well it doesn't run for the full duration of the fall, it offers so much to do the first four- five weeks of the season! You can read a little more here and here about some state fair fun! The State Fair of Texas runs from Friday, September 29th - Sunday, October 22!
Dallas Cowboys 
While tickets maybe expensive, finding a fun bar or a friends house to watch the game and is a great way to pass the time in the fall! There's so many places around town that host giant watch parties, and after all, they are America's team!
Plano Balloon Festival 
The Plano Balloon Festival has long been a staple in North Texas! Usually, the first weekend (or close to it) of fall, you can see dozens of beautiful hot air balloons floating through the sky in and around Plano! You can also enjoy tons of food and games at the festival! A definite family favorite!
Blase Pumpkin Patch
Now this is a newish one for me! I found this amazing little farm last year while planning my BFF's bridal shower! They are just east of Dallas in Rockwall, and double as a blueberry farm in the spring, and I fell in LOVE y'all! The pumpkin patch at Blaze Farm is absolutely adorable, and the perfect place to take kiddos!
Dallas Farmers Market 
Saturday's are the hot day at the Dallas Farmers Market! There is always something going on! Fall is a great time to grab some local produce and spend the morning exploring the farmers market! If you haven't stopped in in a while, you will also be delighted to see some of the new additions to the DFM- The Market Hall- a giant food and goods hall with tons to buy, and even more to eat! Stop in at Lone Chimney Mercantile and pick up a few Dallas goods! They are a Savvy Southern Belle FAV!
Hall's Pumpkin Farm 
Hall's Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine is another great attraction that I feel not everyone knows about! They have a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayrides! They also have tons of areas set up for photo-ops, so be sure to bring your camera! 
Halloween Nights at Dallas Zoo 
October 27-30 The Dallas Zoo holds halloween nights! This kid friendly event is perfect to get in a little zoo time and enjoy tick-or-treating in a totally wild place! There are also tons of crafts, games, and fun things to do, along with seeing all of your favorite Dallas Zoo animals! 
Bishop Arts District
Enjoy a fabulous fall afternoon by grabbing lunch and taking a stroll through the Bishop Arts District! There are so many great restaurants, it's hard to just pick one! I always recommend Hattie's for brunch and Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. for everything else! And what better way to end an afternoon than with a slice of pie from Emporium Pies? 
St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
This is pumpkin patch totally deserves noting. I have been going here since I was little (#EastDallasRaised) and it always amazed me how many pumpkins they fit in to that little area, and how beautiful the area was! This pumpkin patch runs Sunday October 1st- Tuesday October 31st!

Now that you've read all about some of our favorite Fall in Dallas activities, head over to these fabulous ladies pages and check out some of their favorite fall activities in their cities! 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

4 Pre-Travel Planning Tips to Make Coming Home Easier

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You know the rush you get when the wheels of a plane lift off the ground, and you know your next stop is going to be your destination? I absolutely love that feeling. There really isn't anything about traveling I don't absolutely love, except the part where you have to come home and join the real world again. 
I can't even keep track of the number of times Thomas and I have come home from traveling, poured ourselves in to bed and been so irritated when we woke the next morning because we either had no coffee, no food, the house was a mess, or a combination of all three of those. A little over a year ago we decided to implement a few pre-travel must-dos to help keep us from wanting to kill each other the first morning back from a trip.
1. Clean your house before you go. This is a no brainer for me because I hate having a messy house. Coming home to a messy house is the quickest way to send me in to a tizzy. Finding clean sheets on my bed and no clutter filling the hallways when I walk in to my house for the first time after a trip is the best feeling ever.
2. Grab a few delicious Jimmy Dean Freezer Breakfast Bowls to have for your first morning back from vacation. No one likes being hungry, much less, being hungry and having nothing to eat. We always try to stock the refrigerator with a few things to eat on our first morning home. Jimmy Dean makes it so easy to fall in love with their amazing flavors and high-quality ingredients. These bowls are also perfect for a super quick and super delicious dinner. Plus, they're big enough to fill Thomas and I up.
3. Load up on coffee. I know, I know, not everyone has coffee running through their veins. But for those of us who do, or even slightly enjoy it... STOCK UP BEFORE YOU GO. Having a fresh cup of coffee with a delicious breakfast on your first morning home from your travels can totally be a lifesaver!
4. Fill your car with gas. Maybe you like going to the gas station and standing in the elements to pump your gas... Or maybe you can't stand it just as much as the next person. Fill up your tank before you head out on your travels. Having to fill up first thing in the morning after you
Whether you're just heading out for the weekend, or going on a two week excursion, coming home is inevitable. So why not make it super easy, and quite delicious?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NYC Dessert Spots

If you have been anywhere near social media the last year or so, I'm sure you've seen some of the crazy, wacky, dessert places that pop up on popular "foodie" pages... And you know that New York pretty much takes the cake on the city with the most outrageous desserts known to mankind.
So earlier this summer, when Thomas and I jetted off to New York City, I knew we were going to want to document all of the delicious dessert spots we stopped at.
Here's a list of some of the best and "stop worthy" dessert spots we stopped at while in the Big Apple!
Junior's Cheesecakes - Brooklyn  
Arguably, the best cheesecake I have ever laid eyes upon my taste buds! And I've had a lot of cheesecake in my day. There was just something about the texture and flavor. It's a must try when in New York. There was just something about Juniors that just blew me away. So much so, we're thinking of adding it to our dessert bar at our wedding (they do online orders/delivery! 
Levain Bakery - Upper West Side 
These cookies may be some of the most decadent things you have ever tasted. After a stroll through Central Park (or after getting engaged at the Bethesda Fountain ;) which you can read about HERE) you absolutely must stop in at this tiny little cookie shop. It's so small, you might miss it! Look for the blue door and follow the delicious smells down the steps to the cookies. It really is one of the smallest shops ever, so grab a few cookies, and get the heck out, because you're going to want to devour these things! 
Treat House - Upper West Side
Again, another fab find after an afternoon of strolling through Central Park! This little shop will transport you straight back to one of your childhood favorites... Rice Krispy treats! But these are far superior to any treats that came in a wrapper through grade school. Tons and tons of fancy flavors fill these cases. They can even do custom orders with different emblems or flavors!
Dylan's Candy Bar - Upper East Side 
Obviously Dylan's is famous, and a chain, but come on you guys. You have to admit, the store is awesome, the candy is tasty, and the ice cream shop is the bomb! We got the fruity pebbles ice cream with fruity pebbles on top and it was absolutely mouth watering! Stop in! Grab a treat, and enjoy the views. 
Spot Dessert Bar - East Village 
This little hidden gem is an absolutely diamond! Initially Thomas and I stopped in here for the bubble tea in a light bulb, hello, who wouldn't love drinking out of a light bulb? But when we arrived, just about everyone around us had one of these toasts. So we succumbed to the peer pressure, and ordered a toast. And holy cow, were we happy we did! This "Golden Toast" literally melts in your mouth and the ice cream and strawberries are the perfect addition. I would put this as one of the MUST TRY places in New York!
Snowdays Shaved Cream - East Village
Snowdays was right next to our apartment in East Village, and we easily went here a million times. Okay that's an exaggeration, but it was so tasty, we just had to go back a couple times. Shaved cream is such a huge trend right now, and honestly I hope it never goes away. 
Dessert Club Chickalicious - East Village 
If you are looking for absolutely delicious, unique, totally out there desserts, this place is for you. Also on our street in East Village is this little gem. There are two similar locations right across the street from one another, but Dessert Club Chickalicious is the most relaxed of the two. We got the black sesame ice cream in a churro cone (calories don't count when you're traveling- duh), and it was so good, we contemplated getting a second one. The toasted sesame chips and the condensed milk drizzle made for the most exquisite dessert. 
Wowfulls - Lower East Side 
I don't even know where to start. Puffy waffle cones are totally a thing now, and I am loving it. We got green tea ice cream with pineapple, coconut, and green tea Pocky, it was bomb. Wowfulls has so many different creations, there is bound to be something for everyone! 
Cookie DÕ - Greenwich Village
Yes, this place really exists, and it really is good. This place deserves ALL of the hype it gets. It's delicious. End of story. We were fortunate and went right in the middle of dinner time on a Friday night, and had only a 5-10 minute wait, but I've heard horror stories of people waiting for HOURS. It's good, but not worth a three hour wait. Get the smallest size they have, and plan to share it. This treat is amazing, but also so so sweet. 
Buns Bar - Chelsea 
Are there actually people in the world who don't like milkshakes? These over-done yet overly delicious milkshakes come in a crazy decorated mug and are absolutely delicious. Don't think you can drink one by yourself, it's next to impossible. You also can't "choose" your own design for the mug, but beggars can't be choosers. If you are really feelin' it,  get a shot of your favorite alcohol in your milkshake, totally worth it!
Bubby's - High Line 
Technically this isn't a dessert place, but technically, who cares? We stopped in at Bubby's after a morning of sleeping in for brunch. Which was fabulous! Our server was incredible friendly, and managed to talk us in to a slice of lemon meringue pie, and clearly she could see that lemon meringue pie was both mine and Thomas' weakness, so we ordered a slice. And no sooner than we ordered it, we devoured it. The pie was amazing. Order the pie, you can thank me later. 
Ring Ding Bar @ Duane Park Patisserie - TriBeCa 
I'm not exactly sure how I have gone my entire adult like not knowing this place existed, but I am elated that I now know. These little pieces of handheld heaven transport you back to a childhood paradise of ring dig heaven, except these are a little more sophisticated, and come in about 47 different flavors. 
Taiyaki - Chinatown 
The whole ice cream in a fish trend has gone CRAZY since we were in New York! Maybe it was before, and i just didn't realize it, who knows. What I do know, is this green tea ice soft serve in this decadent fish cone, might just be one of the best desserts ever. (Pictured with a skewer of mochi also)

Did I totally miss your fav NY dessert spot? Or do you have a dessert that tops all of these in your city? Let me know down in the comments.
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