I don't know what it is, but for some reason I have the hardest time finding gifts for friends and family. I feel like once the holidays roll around, I can't seem to find anything they'd like for within the budget we allotted for each other. That's why I rely heavily on "gift guides". It helps kick-start my brainstorm.
I can officially get into the Christmas spirit now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. I'm a firm believer of waiting until after Thanksgiving to begin decorating for Christmas and listening to holiday music. Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday in it's own right that I think it needs a solid period of celebration, too.
I begin most of my Christmas shopping in early November purely because I am an anxious person and the thought of me scrambling to get gifts for all my friends and family with just a few weeks left before Christmas makes my heart start to race.
I'm blessed to have mostly all my extended family in the same city. It makes seeing everyone during the holidays pretty easy.
My family has always celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents house. When I was younger, I'd always look forward to waking up to the smell of Thanksgiving turkeys roasting in the oven that Thursday morning.
The fact that I was even up and writing this the next day deserves some praise. I invited some gal pals over for a wine tasting party this weekend and before we knew it, it was 1:45 a.m. and we had about 7 empty bottles on the table. I got my happy butt into bad at 2 a.m. and WAS UP BY 6:30 a.m.! What the heck?? I basically napped...
If you've been reading for a while, you know that my twin sis and I are a real estate team with JB Goodwin, REALTORS®. We joined forces to take on the South Texas real estate market and haven't looked back.
I can have Tex-Mex food all day every day. I ADORE it. Really, I prefer the chip baskets the best, but tacos, enchiladas, queso: you name it, I love it. The problem: it so high in calories, saturated fat, and grease! Ugh.. sad.
It's been a year and two months since I started on my Blogilates fitness journey. (Read my original post here). I discovered Cassey Ho and her Blogilates/ POP Pilates workouts on Facebook one day, and I'm so glad I did because I've been actually excited to work out ever since.
I'm a huge fan of cooking magazines. I love flipping through the pages of Food Network Magazine & CookingLight and ear-marking all the delicious recipes I want to try out. I love sites and blogs to find new and interesting meals to make, but there's something about paper. Cookbooks and magazines are still my go-to's.
Las Vegas holds a special place in my heart. My twin and I celebrated our 21st birthday in Vegas. J and I got engaged at the top of the Stratosphere Hotel. In fact, the very first trip we took to Vegas we stayed at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
I spend a lot of my Sundays prepping for the week ahead. Some weeks I'm working, while other weeks I'm meal prepping, cleaning and doing laundry. You can tell, it's hardly ever a "day of rest" for me, but when I do get an hour or two to finally relax, I love browsing Pinterest for amazing locations to one day visit.
Not too long ago J and I spent a weekend at the family lake house with my parents and their friends. The husband of the couple hails from London, England so every time we see him we always ask him about life on the British isle. Food, history, accents, soccer- there isn't a topic untouched.
J and I are headed out to the Sunshine State for the last "hoorah" of the summer. I'm luck enough to have grown up traveling. My parents have always been huge advocates for exploring new (but warm) places and would take my sisters and I along whenever they could.
I've been dying to try a Nonna Box dinner ever since I saw the brand on Facebook late last year. Similar to other monthly food subscriptions, Nonna Box carefully curates gourmet Italian products that highlight a different Italian region each month. Unlike many subscription services, you DON'T have to sign up for a monthly option at first.
The older I get the more anxiety I have about a lot of things. I have fear about not being able to do everything I want to do in life, about losing someone or something close to me, about missing out on other things people my age are doing or succeeding at. It's true, I have self-diagnosed anxiety with a swallow of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
A compilation of life as a soon-to-be bride. Living, working and playing in the Alamo City.
I'm Samantha, a 20-something newlywed Texan who enjoys traveling, drinking red wine, ALL things Corgis, attempting to DIY my way through interior design, and my deliciously fabulous husband. Thanks for stopping by!