Upside Down Shepherd’s Pie

Yesterday, I walked outside for lunch and I wasn’t instantly hit with extreme heat and humidity. We are over the hump of Summer and on the downward path to Fall. I am back into my routine of preparing meals on Sunday to enjoy over the week. Note: not leftovers! This dish evolved as I was creating it, but I ended up with an healthy shepherd’s pie and I was pretty excited.

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Date Night in Houston

Do you have a go-to for date night? We have our usual “it’s 7:30 and we are both hungry” places near our house, but then there are our favorite spots for a date night in Houston. Date night is one of the new times we have in a week to connect just the two of us face to face. They may not happen every week; however, that is our goal. Our conversations aren’t as operational or tactical. They tend to bring out our more playful side.

We try to challenge ourselves not to talk about work, but I’ll be honest we aren’t perfect at that! Even having known each other for so long we are still getting to know each other. Just the other day, I learned about a preference on shrimp size (too small = not a fan). Some of our date night spots are also a time when we try a new place and get out of our comfort zone! There is something to be said about trying something new together!

Today, I pulled together a few of our go-to date night in Houston ideas. Some of these are also great for a double date as the energy is a bit more upbeat. We don’t mind white table-cloth kind of places, but you’ll see from the list that we tend to go to lively spots with quality food and drinks. Continue Reading →

Wine tasting bridal shower

This past weekend, I had the joy of hosting a shower along with three other dear friends to celebrate Kendra’s upcoming nuptials later this summer. We had a great afternoon filled with laughter, stories, and even a few words of wisdom from our moms. Laura came up with the idea of hosting a wine tasting bridal shower. Everything took off from there! We complimented the black chalkboards with pops of mint, gold, and white and beautiful florals.

The soft, handmade envelope liners were and easy and fun DIY to compliment our invitation design. I don’t know why I hadn’t done them before. It really takes the set to the next level without a big cost. The paper was only $6 and enough to make 8 liners. To add a personal touch, we printed a few of Kendra’s engagement pictures and used them throughout the decor. See these and more below! Continue Reading →

Easter Brunch

This year Easter falls on my birthday weekend. Besides the usual birthday celebrations, my family will all be celebrating too on Sunday. With an ice cream bunny cake. Yes, I’m still a 5 year old in cake tastes. In preparation for the holiday, I thought it was time to bring out some more Springtime colors. April is always a busy month, but I so enjoy it!

One of my favorite childhood memories is dying Easter eggs at my Grandma’s house (outside, of course). The eggs I grabbed aren’t homemade, but they were almost as cheap as a DIY! And they didn’t require boiling eggs. #win

Do you have any special Easter traditions?

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