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Weekend Picturebook: A Little Rock Wedding

S A T U R D A Y 

[a beautiful day for margaritas, guac + tacos at The Fold]

[and for sunning with a few beers at Rebel Kettle Brewing]

[wedding time! gorgeous wedding for cousin Olivia + Sam at Trapnall Hall]

[love my handsome dates!]

[and the southern food was ridiculously on point – fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, crawfish + mashed potatoes and a mini mason jar layered with collard greens, beans + corn bread]

[the only pic with the bride + other cousin Blair at the end of the night, which reminded me of another pic 10 years earlier …]

[girls trip to NYC – can’t believe this was 10 YEARS AGO!]

S U N D A Y   B R U N C H 

Before we headed home, we had one more stop – brunch + beer.

Y’all. Lost Forty Brunch was the best brunch we have ever had in our entire lives. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible every single thing was. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and let you do the drooling.

[our brunch “appetizer” – fried green tomatoes (yes, again) with jalapeño pimento cheese + skillet cinnamon roll. I’m not a huge cinnamon roll fan, but this was out of this world]

[my dish – biscuits + gravy, which again, were the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had. next time I will get a dozen of these biscuits and bring them home with me]

[husband’s dish – a skillet with all kinds of delicious goodness inside]

[WE LOVE YOU LOST FORTY! and yes, of course we got a growler to take home]

xo xo

You might also enjoy: Weekend Picturebook: Chicago, Weekend Picturebook: Hermann, Missouri

Book Reviews: A Lover, A Wife + A Handmaid

 

Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff: There are only two reasons this book gets A minus – it starts a little slow and it’s a little too long. But everything else about it is just fabulous. It is a truly epic and fascinating love story that takes you on a ride with no clue of the final destination. Told in two parts – Fates is from the husband’s perspective and Furies is from the wife’s perspective. The latter infinitely more interesting and has a shocking twist.
Grade: A-

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty: I’ve read several of Liane’s books, and I absolutely adored this one. It’s a tragic plot – she hits her head and has seemingly forgotten 10 years of her life, including her kids and her failing marriage – but it’s also so endearing. She sees her current life through a totally new, un-jaded lense and vows to get her marriage back on track. It’s cute, it’s easy, and it makes you thankful for what you have.
Grade: A

Wearing God – Lauren F. Winner: Highly recommended from a friend, I’m passing along this recommendation to all of you. This is a thought-provoking book about metaphors of God – though not the ones you immediately think of such as King or Shepherd, more like Clothing, Laughter, Laboring Woman… intrigued yet? This is a great book to read with a friend and discuss together. It will probably make you feel uncomfortable, but I promise it will also give you a new perspective on God.
Grade: A
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood: I vowed to read this book before I watched the show on Hulu, and I’m so glad I did. Oh.My.Gosh. This book AND the TV show are absolutely incredible. It’s creepy and weird and will make you cry and will make you gasp, but it is such a good story. I’m so glad Hulu has taken it over so well and expanded upon the book, because I finished it and was dying for more.
Grade: A

 

You can read all my book reviews here.

xo xo

life lately

{rockin’ out to this || blink 182 concert}

{making this || amazing pasta from chrissy teigen’s cookbook}

{obsessing over this || “I’d rather be watching Gilmore Girls” sweatshirt}

{enjoying this || rooftop bars + a week in NYC for work}

{eating this || crawfish on crawfish on crawfish}

{drinking this in || fayetteville foamfest – our favorite event of the year}

{celebrating this || our amazing mothers on mother’s day + every day}

xo xo

Food Picturebook: NYC + Houston

[N Y C] 

B R O W N ‘ S   B A G E L S 

Bagel is obviously a must in the city. I only got one, but could have eaten here every day. It was a cute little bakery with amazing coffee.

M A S S O N I 
at Arlo Nomad

Unfortunately I started feeling sick about halfway through the trip – cold, allergies, probably both – so one night I grabbed a pizza in the restaurant in my hotel and ate it in bed. How could you not, with these views?? The pizza was not traditional thin crust new york pizza, but it was incredible – pepperoni, jalapeños and honey. Wowww.

L E V A I N  B A K E R Y 

If you know me at all, you know I have to fit Levain in to any NYC trip. I’m drooling again just thinking about how amazing this cookie was from just last week.

E A T A L Y 

Snagged one more pizza before leaving the city in one of my favorite spots – and all I could think about was how I’ll be eating REAL Italian pizza in a MONTH!

A I R P O R T   F O O D 

Yes, you read that right – airport food. This was basically cheese toast with prosciutto and arugula on top. Did I mention I was stuck in the airport for 7 hours? I should have ordered another one, because this is some of the best airport food I’ve ever had.

[H O U S T O N]

G U R U   B U R G E R S  +  C R E P E S 

With a name like that of course we had to get a burger and a crepe! (and shared both!) Burger was delicious, crepe was okay, but beautiful.

N I N F A ‘ S 

Okay if you’re ever in Houston this is the MUST-GO place. It is super authentic and absolutely delicious. You see (and smell) them making the tortillas as you walk in. I got Tacos Al Pastor with fresh grilled pineapple and it was the best thing ever.

T O R C H Y ‘ S   T A C O S 

Does this look familiar from my Austin Food Picturebook? Ha – Torchy’s is officially a favorite! This time I got the Trailer Park “trashy” again and tried The Independent loaded with veggies. Both were amazing as usual, and so was the queso, as usual. Who can I petition to get a Torchy’s in NWA?!

xo xo

You might also enjoy: Food Picturebook: Austin, Food Picturebook: LA

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose 

Is it strange that domesticity can sometimes bring me so much joy?

Here I am – home after a long week of traveling and taking off again at 6am tomorrow – dinner is in the oven, wine in hand, a wonderful weekend has been had by all including worn-out puppy, and I’m folding towels, and I’m just happy. 

Is that strange? That a distinct happiness hit me while folding towels? 

I hate this expression, but my heart is just so full. Life is busy and chaotic, but these Sunday night moments are my favorite. 

Though I may leave again in the morning, tonight I count my blessings and am so very thankful to be home and to be here. 

                              xo xo

PS – Alabama Shakes is also currently playing on the record player. Favorite song: This Feeling

Enjoy: https://g.co/kgs/t3nWkG

This Thing We Call Life

My blog has been suffering because of two reasons – I’m busy, and I’m exhausted.
But you know what, it’s great.

And for all y’all with kids reading this I know you’re thinking I don’t even know the meaning of the words busy and exhausted yet, and you’re more than welcome to go ahead and think that. But for the life stage I’m in – I’m busy, and I’m exhausted.

A few things to note:

  1. Work is crazy busy. Crazy, crazy busy. Non-stop when I’m at the office, and partial-stop when I’m at home. I struggle with trying not to think about (or dream about!) work after I’ve left the building, but it is so hard. If anyone has tips to share, please do.
  2. I’ve started working out in the mornings, and I’ve been doing it consistently for a month now. I’m waking up an hour earlier than usual – something I never, ever thought possible. But hey, “It always seems impossible until it’s done” right? This deserves another blog post entirely on it’s own and will happen at some point, but for now, just another thing to note.
  3. Husband and I have started cooking together more. Instead of basic, easy, sometimes healthy/sometimes not dinners, we’ve been getting HelloFresh weekly and cooking together. This certainly takes more time in the schedule, but it is precious time together, and I’m loving it.

All that to say, my blog has been suffering for good reason. With the time I do have, I’m trying to be more intentional and do things that bring me joy. If I want to spend an entire Sunday afternoon reading a book, why shouldn’t I? If I want to spend the extra hours of sunlight throwing the ball with our dog in the backyard, why shouldn’t I?

It seems to be getting harder and harder to force myself to open up the computer after work and blog. I still enjoy it, and I still love hearing from you that you read my blog and appreciate it, but sometimes I just have to take a break and enjoy what is around me – no screens, no pressure to post.

So, if you don’t hear from me as often for a while, now you know. I’m starting to travel again for work the next few weeks, then we leave for Italy in 6 WEEKS.

It’s a busy and exhausting time, but it is also a glorious time.

xo xo

 

life lately

{enjoying this || time at HOME after a lot of traveling}

{loving this || Husband’s first pedicure!}

{eating this || delicious Italian night at a friend’s house – complete with lots of wine + lots of laughs}

{celebrating this || girl’s birthday at bentonville’s very own speakeasy}

{traveling to this || an AMAZING radiohead concert in Kansas City – with a side of BBQ}

and not pictured: a wonderful few days with my aunt + friend catching up on life, eating great food, drinking cheap wine and seeing a thought-provoking play

xo xo