Some Monday Motivation: Life in Black and White

Life in Black and White

These black and white photos are reflective of my weekend: quiet, relaxing and refreshing. There is something beautiful about black and white photography when it is taken on the water, and these prints are no exception. I hope these photos are a nice way to start off your Monday!

All of these photos can be purchased using the links below and were all found by browsing artists’ shops on Etsy.

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Photos // Under the Pier by APhotographicLife // Dreamy Lights by Lisa Russo Fine Art // Glass Beach by Aaron Thompson Photo // Seagulls on A Beach by Aaron Thompson Photo // Landscape Pier Birds by Carolyn Cochrane


This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

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I’m hoping that this will be the weekend that I get a grip on my schedule, have some serious R&R and really just get organized. So far, the stars seem to be aligning for that to happen and I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited to just be lazy. Wishing you all a very happy Friday!

This week, my adventures included:

+Spending last weekend in Houston and eating delicious food at Underbelly.

+Attempting to recover from being sick for the better part of the last week and, therefore, going to sleep way to early every night. My allergies have announced it to be spring in Texas and I need them to chill out.

+Learning that my new site design should be ready in the next two weeks! I can’t wait to share with all of you everything we have been working on over the past couple of months.

** And a few of my favorite travel related links and finds from this week **

Sign me up. How cool does the Arizona SkyCenter excursion from the Miraval Resort look? The idea of hotels becoming experiential activity creators sounds 100% like the future of travel to me. – T Magazine

I discovered a new startup site called Roomer, which allows you to purchase people’s pre-paid hotel rooms [Read more…]

Good Grub: Underbelly, Houston

Underbelly Houston


I had read about Underbelly a few different places, but the source that really got my attention was that it was the only entry for Houston in a book I recently purchased called Where Chefs Eat. The book is like an encyclopedia for chefs’ favorite restaurants all around the world, and has become my first reference when visiting any city . That alone had me convinced that next time I was in Houston, I needed to add it to the list.

The food at Underbelly is excellent, but I think the service and atmosphere are what really set it apart from a lot of trendy restaurants I’ve been to lately. I can’t remember the last time I went somewhere that the waiter so eloquently walked us through the menu and not only gave us their favorite recommendations, but also told us exactly why we would like each item. He walked us through how the menu changes daily, that everything is locally sourced and the menu is really representative of “the other side of food” (hence, Underbelly) that you may not usually see. It made a big difference in our choices, and I am really happy we listened to his suggestions.

By far, the dish that stood out the most was [Read more…]

Amongst the Chatter

Thoughts on Worry

Worrying and anxiety are two things that many people are naturally inclined to cling to when any uncertainty comes their way. I know when I was younger, it was an attitude I adopted too many times as a response to a variety of situations. It all changed for me when I first got to college and someone shared Matthew 6:27 with me that states “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” For the first time I made an active decision that because worry was 100% useless and would do absolutely nothing for me, I needed to place it on the shelf and proclaim it an activity of the past. It’s true though isn’t it? Worrying will not add an hour to your life, it will not fix the problem and it certainly wastes your time.

I am not sure why that one sentence influenced me so much, but it has since enabled me to always put things in perspective. [Read more…]

Some Monday Motivation: Caribbean Blue

Caribbean Blue

As Spring Break time is rapidly approaching, I can’t help but want to be at the beach surrounded by beautiful Caribbean blue water. Although I love the mountains, I really am a beach girl at heart and will almost always pick being at the ocean over anywhere else. I’ve been really fortunate to see some absolutely incredible colors of Caribbean blue from the British Virgin Islands, to the Turks and Caicos and Exuma in the Bahamas. I will shamefully admit that I have become a little bit of a beach snot from all of my travels and prefer to always visit water where you can easily see 20 or 30 feet below the surface. Where are your favorite places in the Caribbean?

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Photos // Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica // BVI Snorkeling photo by A Evans // The Baths, Virgin Gorda by Evita Smith // Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos by Style Blueprint // Exuma via IHA // Grand Cayman via Rachel Sandon

My Dallas Restaurant Guide

Dallas Restaurant Guide

The place I know best above all others is my hometown of Dallas, Texas. Whether you live here yourself, or are visiting for a few days or an extended period of time, I know that my three part Dallas City Guide will give you plenty of options for the best places to eat, shop, and explore around Dallas.

Here are my favorite spots to chow down around the city:


Brunch is its own event on the social calendar each Saturday and Sunday morning in Dallas. Whether you live here or are just visiting, it really must be on your agenda.

The Common Table: Located in a little house right in the middle of Uptown, The Common Table serves up comfort food in the style off bananas foster waffles and biscuits with sausage gravy. They have a laid-back outdoor deck and a serious selection of brews on tap.

Company Cafe: The Katy Trail location of Company Cafe is probably my first choice for brunch on any given weekend. Great place for people watching sitting under the terrace on their outdoor patio. I order the Farmer’s Scramble every single time and ask for 2-3 extras of their drool worthy homemade jam. I promise you’ll need extra.

The Grape: The Grape has become a sort of Dallas institution. Voted as one of Texas Monthly’s Best Burgers, this place is seriously busy every Saturday and Sunday morning. Located on Lower Greenville in an old house, The Grape has the kind of character that a lot of other places just don’t have around Dallas.

Rosemont: I don’t usually like to make any variety of a drive to get to brunch on Saturday morning, but Rosemont makes me want to. This Deep Ellum spot looks like a modern diner inside and has some of the best pancakes, bacon and coffee around. [Read more…]