this past saturday my mom, sister & i road tripped it to canton, texas (which is about an hour away from richardson where we live) to explore & treasure hunt at the “world’s largest outdoor market.” canton’s first monday trade days is THE place to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind items including vintage, quirky décor, furniture, antiques, clothing, toys, jewelry & so much more. this place has it all! you can’t really see it all in one day since it’s such a massive market so i wanted to share 5 tips to help you have a fun shopping day if you plan to check it out.
(ps- scroll to the bottom for a reenactment of a photo of me & my mom from canton when we went back in 1987!)
1. wear comfortable shoes & clothing that will easily allow you to try stuff on
you will be walking a ton, so wear tennis shoes or shoes with some cushion. i wouldn’t suggest flip flops or flats or anything that will rub a blister! also, if you plan on trying clothing items on, wear layers that are easy to remove because sometimes the stalls or shops don’t have dressing rooms. i’m not shy to take my top off in public so i didn’t really care, but i would suggest a tank top with a lightweight jacket or overshirt so you can peel that layer off and try dresses, tops and sweaters/jackets on.
2. bring cash & try to bargain
i read that there is an ATM there, but we brought cash with us so we didn’t have to hunt it down. cards are accepted in some of the stalls/shops but small bills ($1’s, $5’s and $10’s) will give you bargaining power with vendors. let’s say you’re looking at a ring and he gives you a price of $10, pull out your $5 bill and offer it kindly & with a smile, most of the time they will take what offer or you can meet in the middle as they are there to make the sale! if not, play like you are uninterested for a few minutes & keep looking around nearby to see if they change their mind….which leads me to the next tip.
3. if you find something you can’t live without, don’t pass it up
since the market is so massive, it’s best to buy what you want when you find it. if there is a treasure you fall in love with, bargain if you can but don’t let it slip away because A) you might never find that booth/shop again, B) someone else might snatch it.
4. bring a cart to haul your goodies & snacks around in
funny story: we brought a cart (similar to this one but with only 2 wheels) with us & we loaded it up with snacks (white cheddar cheeze-its, peanut m&m’s and water) and pulled it up to the entrance with us and started walking around and for a few minutes stood there questioning if we would get annoyed pulling something around behind us! we were so close to taking it back to the car but at the end of the day we were SO thankful we had it because it would have been really annoying to have to carry the bags in our hands while we continued shopping. a backpack would be useful as well (we had one of those too), but a cart just held more and we took turns pulling it. they sell carts there or you can rent them but it was like $20 or something so if you have one, bring it with you.
5. come hungry, try new foods & save room for dessert
there was a food pavilion that we found when we were all getting hungry and it had tons of options for lunch. it was like the fair but on crack! fried oreos, cheesecake, funnel cakes, brisket sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, turkey legs, but there were also vendors throughout the entire market selling tamales, roasted pecans, shaved ice, etc. so come hungry and leave room for dessert.
i had been to canton before when i was ~2 years old so i obviously didn’t remember it but as soon as we parked my mom surprised me & busted out some old photos & we just HAD to try to recreate this picture! if i had planned it i would have even worn pink joggers & a white top- ha!
i plan to share what items i came home with in another post, i just need to photograph them all! in the meantime, you can see a sneak peek of a few things i bought like this amazing stetson hat here, these white western-inspired ankle booties here & this beautiful jade-colored floral kimono here.
hi friends! this past weekend we had a fun family outing that i’d like to share. it was our second family holiday experience & this time it was planned by my sister, mirelle. (see the one i planned here & last years events here) we all met at my house & then we headed off on an adventure in the design district. she navigated us to a new-to-us lunch spot called social pie & then took us to bishop cidercade to play unlimited games! it was such a fun day, we laughed our asses off at lunch because we got giggly drinking mimosas & started faceswapping on snapchat- ha! then we headed a few streets down to bishop cider where they have an unlimited arcade area. you just pay a fee to enter & can play as many games as many times as you want. we had a blast playing ‘down the clown,’ shooting basketball hoops & racing cars. baby atlas LOVED the lights and sounds, he was mesmerized as grandma deb carried him around while we played the games- it was SUCH a fun day!
social pie was serving joy macarons ice cream sandwiches, so of course mirelle & i had to split a fruity pebbles cereal milk ice cream one!
happy december friends! it’s not even the new year yet & i’m already reflecting on what a crazy, cool year it’s been!
i still can’t believe we have a baby AND how much we love him. we sweat this little boy! his facial expressions, his baby noises, his tooth-less grins, etc. i’m not gunna lie i had a few emotional moments this past weekend where i cried my eyes out just looking or thinking about him. one time, in particular, was saturday when we were grilling burgers outside and dekel goes “this is the first time atlas is smelling barbeque” and i lost it thinking about how it’s up to us as parents to teach him and show him things about the world. so since then i’ve been whispering to him & talking to him when we walk around, introducing him to things, making him feel different textures. this love is insane.
anyways, we kicked this month off with our first family holiday experience, which was the one i planned. we started this little tradition last year (see last year’s events here) & i hope it’s something we do forever….we gift each other experiences rather than things. it challenges us to come up with creative, fun ideas (especially now since we have a baby with us) & it gives us an opportunity to spend quality time together doing new things, versus collecting new things, which i love. so this past sunday i took my family to lunch at lee harvey’s and then to a donut and beer pairing at a brewery we had never been to called four corner’s. we keep our activities a secret so the other people don’t know where we are going until we pull up! it was a nice afternoon so we ate burgers out in the sun then headed down the street to the four corners taproom for dessert & beer. scroll down for photos from our day if you’d like to see.
we hadn’t been in front of the camera together since our wedding almost 7 years ago (trip down memory lane here) & i felt a strong desire to capture these moments of our family before adding baby boy to the mix.
i wanted the vibe to feel bohemian & ethereal with a juxtaposition of us being dressed up in a natural environment. i shared my inspiration board with amy & she seriously captured us and the lighting sooooo spot on. the whole shoot took about an hour (this location lends itself to many different backdrops all within walking distance) and thankfully my sister came to help out with the doggies since we wanted them in a few shots with us too. i plan to print & frame a few for the nursery and for around the house. i love, love, love how they turned out!!!
let me know which one’s your fav in the comments below.
you guys, i’m feeling maternity to the max! at 35 weeks my belly is so heavy and the pressure down there is getting real. i think this is the feeling my doctor was describing when she said it will feel like a bowling ball is in between my legs once he “drops.” i’m winded so easily and am getting cramps in my belly frequently. my feet, legs, hell! my whole body is swollen and this heat doesn’t provide much relief. overall i still feel good, it’s just that being pregnant has hit me hard these past few weeks and some of the smallest things are becoming waaayyy more challenging. anyways, this cute denim dress is from the maternity section at target and is on sale for $20 if any other preggers ladies out there are looking for something light that can grow with your belly. i wore it with these slide sandals (also from target!) & a sunhat to breakfast with family yesterday. i cannot even believe we only have ~5 more weeks until baby boy is here! at breakfast, we even joked that soon we will be out dining with a stroller! on saturday dek & i took a breastfeeding class at the hospital where i will give birth and thank goodness we did – we learned soooo much! another class we signed up for (along with my mom & sister) is baby cpr….juuussttt in case we ever need to know it (knock on wood!), it’s good to have taken the class and know what to do. we also had a maternity photoshoot on saturday at sunset & i plan to share those photos later this week, they came out exactly how i had envisioned and they are memories i will cherish forever, so thankful we decided to do the shoot and our friend amy was available. she shared a sneak peek on her page, check it out here 🙂
baby boy & i had a shower this weekend with friends and family and i was completely overwhelmed by all of the love and the amount of detail put into making it so beautiful and perfect. it was seriously the bohemian baby shower of my dreams! i’m now 34 weeks preggers (for previous posts about my #bumpdates click here) and it was the perfect time to have this shower. i have a pretty significant baby belly but am not to the point where i am too uncomfortable to walk or anything, so the timing was on point. a few months ago my sister/best friends/tribe asked me what vibe i wanted & what some of my favorite things were to eat, etc. & they just took it from there! i told them i wanted to keep it simple and slightly bohemian, not overly “babyish” & they went above & beyond! the invitations were perfection, simple with a touch of greenery…down to the handwritten mailing addresses (dekel thought it was spam when it came in the mail because my friend marli’s handwriting is so pretty he thought it was a stamp!!!) the shower itself was at my friend katelin’s house & from the moment i walked in i was blown away! there was garland hanging from doorways, beautiful balloons, blue hydrangeas, take-home succulent shower gifts for all of the guests, a buffet spread that made my mouth water with all of my cravings & favorite foods, endless grapefruit juice, chilled topo chico, a mantle that boasted handmade decorated wooden letters by my friend chelsey and all of my favorite people under one roof. my mom also brought my baby book so we could flip through and reminisce. we ate and then took a quiz on how well everyone knew me & my pregnancy, which was really fun! it was a dream baby shower & such a special day, i’m so thankful to have so many people who love me and my family & who are excited to meet baby boy soon!
& it’s a BOY!!!!!! we’re expecting our first little baby later this year! oct. 1 to be precise but with my birthday on sept. 28 and with my luck i will turn 33 and go into labor all in one day, ha!
we’ve been trying to get pregnant since our trip to bali last may. i’ll never forget the afternoon we decided it was time to start our family. we had been talking about when would be the “right time” and all of a sudden it hit us…we were sitting in a cafe in seminyak called ‘the fat turtle‘ and we were casually having brunch and an austrailian couple about our age next to us had the cutest kids, one about 2 or 3 and one in a stroller sleeping and i had an out-of-body experience where i envisioned our future life like that was us with our two kids still traveling the world & we started talking about how having kids should not stop us from adventuring or traveling, just enrich our lives and bring us joy, so it was that day i stopped taking my birth control pills. i’d been taking them daily since high school so wasn’t sure how long it would take for them to wash out of my system and my ovulation cycle to normalize back out, but here we are not even a year later and i’m growing a life inside of me! it still is so crazy saying that & thinking there’s a heartbeat in my belly that’s beyond mine.
this journey so far has been a rollercoaster. i was in shock and disbelief at first. i’ll never forget taking a pregnancy test because my period was late and seeing two pink lines, the test clearly says that if you see two lines (even if the second line is faint it means positive) but i took another two tests, ya know…. just to be sure. after feeling confident in my tests i ran into the kitchen and told dek who squeezed me and then i snapped this pic to my sister:
i wasn’t feeling any symptoms when i found out i was pregnant, i think because i found out so early, i was literally a few days late for my first missed period so i was probably only about 5 weeks preggers at this point. we went to dinner with my mom that weekend and i told her by giving her a card that said “baby” on the front and i wrote “in the oven” on the inside and even though i told her not to tell anyone, she was so excited she told the waitress at dinner! debbie was (& still is!) so full of excitement and joy, it’s hard to get mad at her. i love my mom so much! at around 7 weeks was when i started to feel nauseous all the time, especially when i would first wake up in the morning and it would last until mid-afternoon. when i saw my doctor a week later she recommended eating more small meals throughout the day and keeping things like crackers by the bed so i could nibble before even getting up. i found things like gatorade, goldfish & fruit helped me, but really all i was “craving” were carbs and sweets. i wanted nothing to do with healthy food and some things (& smells!) like eggs were such a turnoff. i wasn’t sure how to go about telling my friends and especially work, but i knew i wanted to wait at least until i saw a doctor to quadruple confirm and also hear that all was good with the little baby & i’m glad i did because seeing a sonogram with a little baby bump growing inside me made it so, so real.
after my first doctor visit at around 8 weeks, i invited my closet girlfriends & sister over for a mimosa brunch because i wanted to tell them in person and hug their necks, which is exactly how it went down. my bestie molly knew before coming over because she guessed! she’s a mind-reader and when i said i wanted to host a brunch she texted me “are you pregnant?” and i was like “how the hell does she even know?!?!” but it worked out because she was able to secretly film everyone’s reaction, which i still tear up at watching & am thankful it’s on video.
i’m now at the 15-week mark and have passed the nausea phase and am feeling more energized and good! we found out and revealed the gender to our work and family & friends, so it’s all becoming even more real than before if that’s even possible. thinking of what’s in me as a boy is crazy. i have to admit that i was disappointed to find out it’s a boy as i really wanted a girl. i somehow envisioned myself with a girl and felt like that was what i was growing, but i was wrong! that feeling of disappointment has since passed, i really just want a healthy baby, but it was like a small dream was crushed when we got the bloodwork results from week 12 doctor visit and opened it together at our kitchen island & scrolled down to find “male.” i know i will love this baby unconditionally, but i’m just being honest. i’ve now formed a small belly pooch which to me is this awkward in-between of baby bump and food baby, but dekel kisses it every morning and my friends at work touch my belly and get excited for me and this compounds the joy inside. i’m happy to have shared my secret and now that it’s out in the open i’m excited to connect and learn from other moms and future-moms. this is just a whole new chapter in the book of life we have turned and it’s really exciting, scary, thrilling, crazy, emotional and fun at the same time.
happy monday friends! hope you had a wonderful weekend & got to relax, have some fun, catch up on your shows, get outside, etc. i did all of the above!
it started on friday night with a scavenger hunt on lower greenville avenue hosted by lowest greenville collective where we went around to different participating restaurants and retailers in search of a hidden token, once you found the 2-inch laminated “G” (for greenville) you would tell the staff and they would stamp your card and if you made it to all places, checked all the boxes and shared on social you were entered to win tickets to a comedy show at the new four-day weekend venue on greenville. i didn’t end up winning, but it was still fun to walk around with dek and visit some places we had never been to before.
on saturday dek & i went to the apple store on knox so he could replace his 2-year old iphone battery. we made a brunch date out of it and headed to taverna (where sean lowe was eating at the table next to us!!!!) while they fixed it. i wore this buffalo exchange dress as a skirt & got so many compliments on it! it has no label so i’ll never know where it came, but i know it’s a piece i’ll wear over & over. it’s the perfect length and what drew me to it originally was the emerald green color and fun pattern, not to mention the price…it was like $18! it was a little chilly that morning (i’m such a wuss) at 65 degrees so i wore it as a skirt with my trusty ‘ol h&m jean jacket buttoned up over it. i felt very “me” in this outfit and was so inspired by it that i made another trip to buffalo exchange after brunch to load up on some more special ‘one-of-a-kind’ finds. it was the first day in a while where it was actually warm in the afternoon & got up to 80 degrees here in dallas so after solo-shopping i met up with my sister & we took our dogs to breckenridge park to walk for a bit and then after got a sweet icy treat of bahama bucks. i got watermelon & coconut with their sour sand sprinkled on top & it was sooooo good!
then on sunday we did yoga with dogs at mutts cantina. it was nuts, completely chaotic but so much fun and so entertaining. i went with my mom (her dog ollie), my sister (her pup tucker) & we met our friend lauren there (with her pup finn). kaiser was in heaven! he was worn out by the end of it all but probably could have stayed to play for hours. he’s still a puppy & we’re still training him to obey, not pull on the leash, etc. so he was wild running around & giving unsolicited kisses. we all got so dirty that baths were mandatory once we got home. kaiser doesn’t really like being bathed but he’ll do anything for treats so that’s how i lured him in 😉 see our pic from doggie yoga here.
it was dek’s birthday yesterday so we went out to celebrate! mirelle found this cool-looking place called the royale via a food blogger she follows on instagram and since one of dek’s favorite foods is burgers & beer we knew he would love it…and it did not disappoint! they also had extravagant milkshakes that we wanted to try. win win.
majorly drool-worthy grub that tasted as good as it looks.
hers: $3 brunch mimosa, his: mosaic IPA
celebrating husband’s birthday with great company, good food and fun times
avocado toast with poached egg, salsa verde and pecorino cheese on toast, mom’s dish
texas truffle burger, which me and mel split
3-cheese macaroni, house-cured bacon, a giant onion ring and truffle aioli
the peanut butter cup shake: cap n/ crunch ice cream, peanut butter nutella swirls, whipped peanut butter and reece’s pieces candy
the last “experience” that we did as a family this holiday season (i.e the month of december) was planned by my momma! she surprised us & took us to lunch at little greek where they are BYOB, which we love. we brought in like 3 different kinds of beer and a bottle of champagne & they were so sweet and brought us glasses to toast with which made it feel elevated and special. after a delicious lunch, we walked next door for a sweet treat at gigi’s cupcakes and then we went for a pamper session at mapleshade spa. the spa place was like in an old historic home, the downstairs was a boutique area where they sold jewelry, bath bombs, lotions, candles, etc. and then there were staircases on each side of the house that you go up to individual bedrooms-turned-massage-rooms to get a facial or a massage. this house was like an old mansion, the floors were kind of creaky and ceilings high, it was a pretty cool setup and the facial was really great. i got an anti-aging facial and she infused my skin with vitamin C and steam for hydration. i don’t remember much else because i passed out it was so good, ha! scroll on for a few more pics from the day:
i got carrot cake, mel got chocolate chip cookie dough and my mom got white midnight magic – check out the rest of the mouth-watering menu here
headed to mapleshade spa
one little section of the boutique downstairs with lots of little goodies
one of the massage rooms with a heated bed and a fireplace. it was so cozy and with the soft music playing…i passed the F out!
we all had so much fun planning and gifting “experiences” to each other versus worrying about if we got each other enough things. i hope it was fun to read about and you got some ideas for family activities, too 🙂 going to make this a family tradition we carry on forever.