this past weekend was one of the best, most productive ones i can remember having in a long time & i’d love to share what composed of my eventful, history-making, life changing, inspiring last couple of days:
beginning our saturday at coffeehouse cafe with a doubleshot latte swirled into perfection
i love being surrounded by “feel good” items, such as this old (but working!) coffee “syphon” of sorts, newspapers & exposed brick
breath-taking views from my friend’s balcony.
jaw. dropped.
 dallas skyline from the “oakcliff side” of town
this beautiful, whimsical thing is margaret hunt hill bridge.
my friend, Lo, & i participated in “yoga on the bridge” hosted by all out! where they were trying to set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest yoga chain. it was a super cool experience!
 surreal surroundings
so dek & i bought a new car this weekend!
i loved dekel’s car so much that he gave me his & he is the proud owner of this cute little car below. 
 sunday morning was spent enjoying brunch with a view of lake lewisville, my mom gifted us a groupon to sneaky pete’s back for christmas & we’ve been meaning to go! it was buffet style, delicious and a great way to start our drizzly day. after brunch, we went to check out at home‘s lewisville location. the store is beautiful & really has everything you would ever want or need PLUS more! little insider scoop: our average customer spends 2+ hours in our store shopping, so take your latte with ya when you go 😉
 after home decor shopping, i met my partners at starbucks for our weekly coffee master meeting, where we compared two reserve coffees, french pressed, side by side. we paired each coffee with a different pastry, but i love the compare/contrast element of our tastings, as only by doing so am i able to describe what i taste. and really, when you pair coffee with food, it makes a world of difference! 
 me at marshall’s trying on some professional looks, slowly but surely adding sophisticated pieces to my wardrobe so i can dress the part as marketing coordinator! loving it!
ps- this jacket came home with me. in love.
thanks for reading & have a wonderful week!
share some highlights of your weekend below, i’d love to hear!
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dek & i love coffeehouse cafe, this past weekend we went twice in two days!
we go for their delicious double lattes and end up sharing something amazing from their super unique menu, like the challah french toast sandwich, their lemon ricotta pancakes or fred’s flatbread, which is flatbread topped with spinach, turkey bacon, aioli, tomatoes, eggs and mozzarella cheese…it’s amazing! they even offer a pet-friendly patio so we took peanut for a little day trip with us 🙂
on saturday (tx/ou game day), greenville avenue pizza company celebrated their 7th year of business success with pizza & beer specials, live trivia and karaoke, which we went to be a part of and support. dek & i split ate most of our pepperoni, green olive and onion pizza and we washed it down with a fireman’s 4 and a modelo. we sweat their pizza and meatballs, go try them if you haven’t already…here are a few photos from the past few days, if you’d like to see:

sunnies: ebay, purse: vintage neiman marcus, jewelry: market finds from israel, tank: target, jeans: delia’s ‘liv‘, shoes: target mossimo ‘kali’ camouflage pointed toe flat
enjoying my double sugar-free vanilla latte (& my view!)
fred’s flatbread (which i accidentally ordered as “fled’s fratbread, ha!)
headed to coffeehouse cafe again in my new tank that one of my besties, chelsey, gifted me for my birthday, necklace: sam moon, purse: MMS, skeletal ring: forever 21, jeans: old navy ‘rockstar’,
same setting, different day
took our little nut on a walk around the neighborhood, which he loved 
#shareacoke
flashing our PIE shirts at gapc to show support for their 7th successful business year. cheers to many more to come!
 
have a wonderful week!
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…and i’m not talking about the cowboys
dekel and i are back from our israel trip, landed sept. 13 & have already sunken into our lives here in dallas, back at at my mom’s house. which is nice, living with her was a necessity in the beginning, but it’s not the “beginning” anymore & i feel we have gotten too comfortable here. it’s time we ramp up our game to make and save in order to get a place of our own. but the make part is crucial.
speaking of, mirelle & i were vendors for sour melan at the dallas pride festival at lee park this past sunday. it was such a fun, colorful event! everyone was super nice and friendly, sometimes a little too friendly- haha! dekel was a great sport and rocked a tutu and my bikini top for the first part of our 10-hour day just to be funny and people (guys) were loving him! coming up to take pictures with him, caressing his chest, putting stickers on his body, etc this one man even came up to hit on him, which just made dekel blush, it was so much fun to witness such awkward moments. we had a blast & were semi-successful. we didn’t make as much as i had hoped, but it was a great experience and we might even do it again next year.
here are some photos from the event, if you would like to see:
tag teaming it
3 muskateers
with the red bull girls!
out little booth on the corner, we had a great view of the stage where live music played throughout the day
rush of shoppers
this guy was so cute, he had just been in tel aviv for the pride festival and we brought him over to talk to us 🙂
 peanut came to check the festival out and sniff around, everyone loved him and we got our photo taken (he is wearing a tutu, as well!)
 
thanks for reading!
have a wonderful week!
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i always mean to update sooner, but always find something else to do besides sit my butt down to write. even though, while living abroad in israel writing & blogging used to be a huge passion of mine. don’t get me wrong, it still is, i guess lately i have just redirected my passion to crafting and expanding our small business which, unfortunately, does not leave much time for me to get lost in blogging like i used to or even compose my thoughts enough to write about.
i still check my fav blogs every other day & love scouring the internet for blog-worthy photos of dreamy vacation destinations, but i just cant find the time to write like i used to. i guess my blog also held a different purpose when i lived abroad, it was a peek inside my life of “flying far,” living away from home. living in israel and traveling to the countries around it. i would share what i did that week, where we went, ate, etc. and now that i live in dallas, near to my friends and family, i don’t see my blog holding the same purpose. i still use social media sites, but blogging has taken a backseat to my life. and i hope to change that.
anyways, dekel and i will be visiting israel in 3 weeks & we are so excited to be back in our beloved country and to see family and friends. my dear savta (grandmother in hebrew) passed away about a month ago, so this trip will be a bit different for me, as she was the one i always gravitated to visit when i was living there. i even lived with my israeli grandparents for a few months, so it will be tough to face her death and not be able to see her sweet face while i am there. but this trip is more for dekel. he needs this. i can remember how badly i needed the visits home. i would visit every year and a half and it never seemed enough. he needs this and we are both looking forward to it. dekel’s best friend, guy, will be getting married the day we land in israel, so we are looking forward to a whirlwind of events and celebrations during our stay. a trip to tel aviv with dekel’s whole family has been planned and for the weekdays in between, dekel and i plan to take nature hikes, go to the beach and spend time with my 2 little sisters, mai & leonne.
have you traveled anywhere this summer?
have any traveling plans for the future??
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caution: random contents ahead
we celebrated my friend marli (& her bump!) a few weeks ago at her beautiful baby shower.
there was great food, thanks to callie
yummy beverages, such as mimosas & coke floats.
sweet treats, like cake balls cake pops & cookies.
& many, many laughs with my besties.
it iced over again here in dallas.
is it spring yet?!?!
 i can’t resist this face!
like clockwork, he comes in our room at night wanting to get on the bed to cuddle.
sunday lunch of keller’s burgers with grandmother, mel, mom & dek
 dek & i found a great new happy hour spot by our house 🙂
frozen margs for $4!
ever since this post, i have lost about 25 lbs & plan to keep toning my body and working to stay fit, healthy & happy
we’ve been making flowerhalos & jewelry like crazy in preparation for our upcoming vendor booth at the kemp wildflower festival in april, so excited!!!
 dekel & i enjoyed one of the BEST breakfasts we have had since moving to dallas last year at coffee house cafe this morning. i had the a breakfast sandwich with bacon, cheddar & egg whites on cinnamon-infused french toast, which was completely decadent and amazing. dek had a ginormous breakfast burrito with beans, egg, jalapenos, potatos, cheese & salsa, which he devoured. 
 we will definitely be going back!
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wow.
i remember like it was yesterday when i wrote this post. same title.
i was about to start an adventure with my sister of moving to israel.
and here i am about to begin a new journey with my husband.
all day i have had this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach.
nervousness and excitement all rolled into one
i cant describe what i feel.
it’s good & its bad.
sweet& sour.
i can’t wait to see my mom, sister and best friend, dandi, but i was so sad to say goodbye to my family here today. and it was even harder to watch dekel say goodbye to his friends and family. knowing it will be at least a year before we are back in this country made the goodbyes even harder.but it’s a journey we are about to embark on with smiles on our faces.
we are seriously so excited to travel around & then make our way back to dallas.
hopefully dallas will have great things in store for us  🙂

i plan to travel blog, hopefully at least a few times a week.
i hope you will follow along this journey with me us.

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the last few days have been all about family and just hanging out with ones we love.
since we leave the country in 4 days, we are just soaking up all the time we can get with them.
since “moving in” to dekel’s parents house, we get to see his older siblings and their kids a lot more, since they drop them off if they need to run an erron or if they are just stopping by to say hi. dekel’s older brother, elad, has two children, a 3-year-old daughter named ma’ayan & an 8-month-old baby named eitai & dekel’s sister has a 1.5-year-old daughter named maya. below are some photos we took while just hanging out in the living room playing with the kids. i must say that to see dekel holding the baby was kind of an emotional experience  🙂 he was just so gentle with him and it was so cute to see them study each other!!today we met up with my dad for a hummus lunch in ramat yishay then we went to visit my saba & savta (saba means grandfather & savta means grandmother in hebrew) where we just hung out, talked and laughed. my saba is quite the comedian! we will see them again friday night for shabat dinner where we will need to say goodbye until we come back to visit, probably in a year and a half from now.

dekel & baby eitai

dekel’s dad, efraim & baby eitai
dekel took this very “artistic” shot & i love it!
little maya
me & dek heading to my grandparents house for a little visit
saba charles & dekel bonding
my saba grows these hot chili peppers & always has an abundance of them in the kitchen
my saba is a sculptor & showcases his works of art throughtout their house & in their garden and even has a large collection of them in a room of their own

 

this is a 3-foot tall sculpture of a fist that he carved out of marble, it has a special place in a corner of their computer room upstairs
my israeli grandparents 🙂
saba charles & savta claude
tonight dek & i are going to watch sinister.
have you seen it?
hope i dont get too scared!
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dekel & i had such a random, but wonderful day yesterday.
we woke up early to go to the social security office to sign some papers & then we headed to super-pharm to get some last minute medications and cremes before our trip (which we leave for in 5 days!!!), then we hit up the grocery store to buy some beer and snacks for a going away party we will have on thursday. after we ran our errons we met up with dek’s family for lunch at a hummus place in afula, then deke’s friend called and asked if we could help him out for the rest of the afternoon with something & since we had nothing else to do, we happily agreed.
dekel’s friend elad is a tour guide (he took us on this hike!), like for nature parks & stuff, and he had a nature tour to give to kids grades 4-6 from 4 pm- 9 pm but the lady who was supposed to help him cancelled last minute. he just needed us to help set up a bonfire & some food where he would end the nature tour so everything would be ready and waiting for the kids when they got there.
elad provided the wood for the fire and the food and tools and dekel, our friend guy & i went to where they would end the hike and we set everything up a long wooden table that was there. we prepared marshmellows on sticks & dekel made dough for the kids so they could make pita on a tabun. a tabun is a metal dome that you put over a bonfire, it heats up from the fire & you place the dough on it to cook. there was also labane with zaatar and olive oil & chocolate spread for the kids to dip their hand-made pita’s in after they cooked. we also made a big pot of sweet, mint tea for them cause it was kind of chilly after the sun went down.
ready for the day!

 

 guy & dekel
 the pretty pink sky
 making some mint tea for ourselves while we wait for the kiddos to arrive
 dekel getting the bonfire wood ready to use.
i had a nice view, huh?  🙂
 marshmellows on skewers for the kids to roast
 dekel making the dough.
there were 35 kids & each one was to get a small ball of dough to roll out to make his own pita.
we went through 4 bags of flour!

 

 

labane with olive oil & zaatar
while we waited for the kiddos, guy made us sambusak with olive oil & zaatar filling.
it’s a thin pastry that you can fill with cheese, onions & whatever you want (we only had olive oil & zaatar) & you fry it to a crisp and dip it in labane.
it was soo good!
i must have had like 5!
 dekel got the bonfire going when it got dark & chilly out
around 7 o’clock they finished their nature hike & we lit the 2nd hannukah candle and said the blessing
 dekel was in charge of making the kids pita’s on the tabun
 yum!
all in all it was such a fun day, but we smelled so bad from the fire we showered as soon as we got home & then we made this for dekel’s mom so she would see it when she woke up & came downstairs since her birthday is today:
tonight we will celebrate with her & then tomorrow we are going to meet up with my dad in ramat yishay.
hope eveyone had a wonderful weekend!
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so tonight is the last night dekel & i will sleep in our little flat here in tel adashim.
we are “moving in” with his parents for the last week we are here in israel.
and then, in 10 days, we leave for thailand!!!
i have pretty much packed up all of my clothes, except for a pair of jeans, shoes and some tee shirts for the upcoming week. i have packed up all my toiletries and taken down all of our photos. i have boxed up our kitchen (see photo below) and we will donate (or give to dekel’s mom) all of our pots & pans and cutlery and food products. it became surreal when my uncle came to pick up the oven they let us borrow when we moved in here. that’s when it hit me that we are moving. i dont know why, but that did it.
anyways, we have had some great times in this apartment. made some great memories. had some fantastic meals & enjoyed fun company. this is where dekel and i started our life together. living here was the test to see if we could stand to be together, haha. glad that worked out!  🙂
for sure i am going to miss the grapefruit tree outside our kitchen. it’s so nice to just get up, pick some fresh fruit & make some juice. love that stuff!

 

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dekel and i are going vegan.
we are going to stop eating meat & animal by-products alltogether.
we are quitting life as we know it. cold turkey. (pun intended)  🙂
this includes eggs & dairy.
and i looooovvvveee me some cheese!
it’s going to be hard and its not going to happen over night, but its a way of life we think we should lve by.
we just believe very strongly in animal rights and humane justice too much.
we are starting with our diet first, substituting things like soy milk & tofu for what we are used to, and slowly we will work veganism into our way of life in other aspects, like our home products, my cosmetics, our furniture, maybe even clothing…
“becoming” vegan is never something i even considered before a few days ago when i saw this.
it shook me.
i was never thinking about what i ate and where it came from until i “took my blinders off.”
i am not writing this to try to convince others to do the same, but i would like to suggest that you really become very aware of what you put into your bodies and where the food you eat comes from. living a healthy life and being kind to others (whether its to people, animals or nature!) are the some of the most important things in life, in my opinion.
so, to kick off our veganism, we devoured some falafel  🙂
wearing: tee from marshalls, hot pink bra from target, skirt from h&m, belt from golf,
sandals from twenty four seven & a LAMB wristlet from my bestie

 

 

 

 

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