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.

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

family holiday experience lee harvey four corners brewery

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it’s my birthday month and officially marks the 1-month-countdown of baby boy’s arrival- woooo hoooooo!!!!! i’m 36-weeks pregnant and technically he could come any day now, but my official due date is 10/1….i’m so anxious, the anticipation is killing me!

this labor day weekend has already been so fun & productive and we still have another left, yaaaass! dek took off early on friday & i’m lucky enough to still have summer hours at work, so i got modern market and brought it home for us to eat lunch together. then i napped (ha!), while he built shutters. we had these old, black, plastic ones before and one of them kept falling off so we decided to just make new ones from wood and stain them ourselves. this particular task has been on our to-do list for months so it was extremely satisfying to cross it off & get it done. dek bought the wood, built & sanded them friday afternoon & then on saturday, after walking the dogs to the park and wearing them out, i stained them with kona, which is a dark brown color that we have been using consistently throughout most of our home projects. like our fence, pantry barn doors, kitchen/bathroom floating shelves and now the shutters. cohesiveness throughout our home makes me so happy! we hung them today after brunching at ida claire, which has become a recent favorite of mine. we shared french pressed coffee, bacon-laced chicken & waffles and an egg white and goat cheese frittata, which was all tasty AF.

other tasks that we’ve accomplished around the house this weekend are a wall art piece i’ve been thinking about/working on for baby boy’s nursery. we knew we wanted to hang something on the wall above his crib but kept flip-flopping on what. i couldn’t find the perfect one so decided to make it myself. it took some time to even come up with the idea, get the supplies, lay it out and then paint it/gold foil it step-by-step but i finally finished it and we hung it in his room yesterday. i’m thinking i’ll do a step-by-step post on this piece to share how i created it if anyone’s interested! anyways, it’s a quote from a song that’s meaningful to us…and also a hint at what his name will be – at least we’re 99.9% sure! scroll down for a photo. dek also put in sprinklers in our front yard, yes – he did this himself! i was skeptical of how he was going to accomplish this on his own, but he’s so handy, determined, patient and not intimidated of hard work that he youtubed it and got it done. we don’t have a functioning sprinkler system so in order to water our lawn he was having to go out and attach the hose to a single sprinkler twice a week and he wanted to implement an automated mechanism so we can just have nice green grass and not have to waste time dealing with it. well…after some intense labor of digging a trench and adjusting the sprinkler heads, he did it! now…he just needs to figure out the backyard! tomorrow is most def going to be a chill day, we will probably take grandmother out to breakfast and the find a pool to dip into and lay out by. loving this labor day weekend!

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

baby boy nursery wall art coldplay atlas

hope you’re having a great, long weekend- thanks for reading!

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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!

here are some photos we took throughout the day:

baby shower hostess photo

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baby shower food buffet table

baby shower charcuterie board

baby shower mantle decor

baby shower food buffet table

baby shower katelin

baby shower chicken minis platter

baby shower donuts and cheesecake

baby shower decor

baby shower cheesecake

baby shower cindis bagels

baby shower sarah

baby shower chicken minis and sweets

baby shower donut skewers

baby shower chelsey

baby shower momosa bar

baby shower molly

baby shower topo chico

baby shower lauren

baby shower baby iftach

baby shower mantle decor and gifts

baby shower grandmother

baby shower watch me grow succulent gift

baby shower mirelle

baby shower playing games

baby shower my 3 moms

baby shower 34 week baby bump

baby shower oh boy balloons

baby shower molly

baby shower invitation

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greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

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our friends over at greenville avenue pizza company are always slayin’ the freshest dough, but they’re also always looking for ways to give back to the community and one of the many ways they do that is by hosting an annual “slices for supplies” drive right before back to school time where if you bring school supplies to donate (all donations go to zaragoza elementary where molly used to work) you get a free one-topping slice of pizza, which is basically equivalent to two slices since they’re so large! this year is their 6th annual and i don’t think we’ve missed an event yet, it’s always so fun to go. (here is my last post about them!) lowest greenville feels like it got such a facelift over the past few years so we love going down there to eat GAPCo yummy pizza, see friends and try new desserts.

{baby bumpin’ at 32 weeks}

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

we tried so many different variations as you can see: meatball, black olive & basil, feta & green olive and ham & green olive. all equally yummy!

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

we also got to try their specialty pizza of the month which is called ‘the truck yard pizza’ and it’s insane you guys! they collaborated with their next-door neighbors at truck yard to use their shaved philly cheesesteak and then they layer on onion, green bell pepper, mushroom and cheeze-whiz…..yes, cheeze-whiz. it’s all baked to perfection and each bite is creamy and cheesy to the core. read more about it here – you gotta try it while you can.

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

after we stuffed ourselves with delicious pizza we were wanting a sweet treat and usually opt for steel city pops or joy macaroon ice cream sandwiches, but we haaaddd to try lowest greenville’s newest addition: creamistry. they use liquid nitrogen to handcraft their ice cream right when you order it & it’s all customizable. my sister & i walked in and saw they had fruity pebbles bars so we split a “fruity pebblewich” with their madagascar vanilla bean ice cream and it was so, so good. we will definitely be back to try more flavor!

creamistry lowest greenville avenue

creamistry lowest greenville avenue

have a great week!

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ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

this past weekend our family got together to celebrate my sister, mirelle’s, birthday at ferris wheeler’s bbq + backyard which is a new-to-us place. we looooove good bbq, proof here, so we ventured to the other side of town to try this place out and it did not disappoint! their one-page menu is simple and to-the-point and their food was delish. we started with brisket queso and waffle fries and then, of course, ordered the brisket and tried the pulled pork & turkey which was all so tasty (keep scrolling down for food pics). we were there right at noon and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves as it didn’t start getting busy until around 1:30 or so. they were starting to set up for live music and said the ferris wheel actually starts working later in the day so we didn’t get to ride it (not that i would have anyway) but we loved sitting on a picnic table under the shade of an umbrella sipping the cucumber water they had on tap. it was such a fun lunch! i wore a colorful, loose dress that i just got from buffalo exchange for a cool $14.50. since it’s so flowy it seems like it will last me through pregnancy and even after. i usually love belting such a loose dress but i thought this one looked cute left alone, worn with simple sandals and long earrings that peeked through my short new locks.

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

brisket queso: melted cheese, fresh pico de gallo & chopped bricket with chips + we ordered their seasoned waffle fries

ferris wheelers bbq and backard dallas texas

an order of lean brisket (which was still very moist!) with a side of fries and pickles

ferris wheelers bbq and backard dallas texas

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i was invited to try piada‘s spring/summer menu this week & how could i resist! they are known for being “italian street food” and their concept is simple- you can choose right off the menu, customize anything you want or build your own creation in a bowl or a piada, which is an italian flatbread. i’ve been to piada before, it’s right by my work so it’s easy to stop by for lunch or have it delivered & it’s so yummy! i usually opt for the same thing which is the crispy chicken blt piada, but after trying the summer avocado piada – i’m hooked! it has pancetta, avocado, arugula, basil aioli, mozzarella, sweet corn and baby tomatoes in it & it was TDF! such a good, fresh combination and overall it was light but filling. we also got to try their sweet corn salad, summer power bowl, farmer’s market salad (which was surprisingly good even though i don’t typically like strawberries and tomatoes in a salad together!) and their delicious berry hibiscus lemonade, which they make in-house.

piada richardson menu tasting in forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories sandals purse

their spring & summer menu is here!

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

my new fav: summer avocado piada 

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

farmer’s market salad (which was also insanely good!)- field greens, strawberries, feta, sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, spiced pecans (which gave it a great crunch) and lemon/basil dressing + berry hibiscus lemonade

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

summer power bowl – red quinoa, broccoli, sweet corn, tomatoes, glazed chickpeas, pickled red onion, marinated zucchini, harissa & greek yogurt drizzle

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

baby boy & i loved it!

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

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have you heard of or been to piada? if so, what’s your favorite thing on the menu?

they have a few locations around dallas, which you can find here, so be sure to check them out & try their summer menu soon!

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this past weekend was so fun! dek & i spent friday night watching the two latest episodes of handmaid’s tales season 2…which is SO good. freaky, but good. i enjoyed the show with some butter popcorn & truffle salt from trader joe’s that i was gifted for christmas from a co-worker, i love it on popcorn!

saturday dek & i went on our run/jog at the park together and then had some people come over to give us quotes for updating our kitchen cabinets & countertops. our kitchen is the one room we didn’t touch when we moved in and it’s not like we have to change anything, it’s really functional and fine, but it would be nice to give it a facelift as i’m pretty sure the cabinets and countertops are original to the home. they’re just plain white and an update with marble-looking quartz and some new cabinet doors/drawers…maybe even with those soft-close drawer slides would be really nice, since we have an open floor plan so it’s highly visible from our entryway and living room & we spend a lot of time in this room. if we end up doing any work i will be sure to document and let you know who we use! we didn’t do much else that day besides yard work (well, that was dekel…i laid out in the sun and supervised) and dinner with mom at on the border. i passed out around 9 & man it felt good to sleep so much!

then, on sunday my mom, sister, dek & i braved the anticipated long line at pecan lodge and headed down to deep ellum again (we were there last weekend, too) because we really wanted to try their brisket. they’ve been featured on diners, drive-in’s & dives and also scored the #2 position in texas monthly in 2014 for “the 50 best bbq joints in the world” & it definitely was some of the best around! the line to get in was wrapped around the building when we arrived at 10:50 (they open at 11) so my mom held our spot in line while dek & i went to shoot some outfit photos around the corner. when we got back my mom had advanced but we still weren’t even at the front door. we received a recommendation to go inside to the express line (where there was no wait) to order 5 lbs. of meat. since we were 4 people and all wanted brisket we thought that would be a good idea so we could have leftovers for dinner/lunch the next day, so that is what we did & i would recommend doing so if you’re in a big group because we ordered and grabbed a table on the patio in less than 10 minutes. by the time we were done eating the lady that had been in front of us in line was just coming to sit down.

forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

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forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

the line from the inside, it continued outside & wrapped around the building!

pecan lodge line deep ellum

def go to the “express line” if you are going to be ordering at least 5 lbs. of meat and can all agree on what kind, it was so quick!

pecan lodge line deep ellum

leave it to preggers to carry over the 5 lb. plate full of meat, ha! i was so excited to try this place!

pecan lodge line deep ellum

this is what 5 lbs of brisket, extra pickles, mac & cheese (with bacon!), fried okra and rolls looks like.

the slices were extra thick so we only ended up eating about 1.5 each and had plennnnttyyy of leftovers to take home.

pecan lodge bbq lunch deep ellum

thanks for reading – have a wonderful week!

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we LOOOOVE brunching (i mean who doesn’t?!) & have been to a few amazing places recently that i would like to share. some new-to-us & some old favs.

here are 5 of the best boozy brunch hot spots around dallas, in no particular order:

1. mudhen

farm-to-table at it’s finest.

we love enjoying their mouth-watering $8 double mimosas, tasty food & fresh air on the patio overlooking downtown.

double mimosa from mudhen dallas

double mimosa from mudhen dallas

2. henry’s majestic

two words: sparkle bar

you can customize your own mimosa or glass of wine with fresh fruit & juice and the service is always great.

sparkle bar rose at henrys majestic

henrys majestic brunch dallas

3. public school 214

cool vibes & good food.

you can sit outside to people watch in the cool little area of west village or dine indoors with “public school” vibes, from the décor to the menu.

public school brunch uptown dallas texas

globe decor at public school 214

4. pie tap

they get me in with their tasty, brunch-y drinks every time.

there are appetizers that are insane like the garlic knots with provolone and asiago whip & my fav pizza is the prosciutto with pistachios, dates, arugula, ricotta and balsamic drizzle.

pie tap brunch on knox henderson dallas texas

pie tap prosciutto pizza

5. mercat bistro

the peach mignon is what dreams are made of – it’s a frozen ice ball made from mixed berries, pineapple orange juice, creme de violette liqueur and as it melts it slowly infuses your champagne.

this place has a parisian feel with sweet staff & tasty drinks and eats.

peach mignon mercat bistro brunch dallas

mercat bistro brunch dallas

have you been to any of these places?

what are some of your fav brunch spots??

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in the spirit of st.patricks day coming up and the fact that there will be a massive parade on lower greenville ave i wanted to share some photos of a brunch outing dek & i had at halcyon a few weekends back, it doesn’t hurt that i was wearing green here either 😉

we had been to the cafe brazil that had been on this corner of greenville & goodwin before but were intrigued by this new place…even the name was hard to decipher! turns out it’s a coffee shop, brunch spot, and cocktail lounge all in one and has been open for about a year, according to the dallas observer. the vibe is modern and retro with exposed brick and lots of light shining through the massive windows. we sat at the bar facing the street to people watch & the food really was tasty. we had a great time in the cool setting, it felt hustle-bustle with neighborhood people coming in & out to pick up takeout orders, families coming in with kiddos, couples, etc. –  we would definitely go back & next time when it’s warmer out so we can enjoy the patio!

we were there early enough that greenville was pretty empty (check out the 2nd photo below) so we took advantage & i got a few #ootd shots. this sweater is oversized, slouchy & super comfortable, it’s from a brand called kaisely and i borrowed it from my sister, my ripped distressed jeans are from a marshall’s shopping trip when i was in vegas with my mom & sister last year for my best friend’s birthday, last seen here & i kept the look very casual with some white sneakers from target.

green sweater halcyon greenville ave dallas

halcyon greenville ave dallas

green sweater halcyon greenville ave dallas

ripped distressed jeans halcyon greenville ave dallas

ootd halcyon greenville ave dallas

pulp-free red grapefruit juice for me, extra hot cafe latte for him

breakfast juice and cafe latte halcyon greenville ave dallas

i had the fried egg sandwich with avocado & breakfast campfire potatoes

fried egg sandwich with avocado halcyon greenville ave dallas

dek tried the santa fe egg skillet

egg skillet breakfast halcyon greenville ave dallas

have you been to halcyon? check out their menu here!

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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.

brunch on knox in buffalo exchange dress

dress- buffalo exchange (last seen here), jean jacket- h&m (oldie but a goodie), tan booties- target (last worn on the blog here), fringe purse- found while vintage shopping in LA when i went last year for my birthday with mom & sister

brunch on knox in buffalo exchange dress

brunch on knox in buffalo exchange dress

brunch on knox in buffalo exchange dress

target booties knox henderson

my ‘eggs any style’ breakfast at taverna with scrambled & extra crispy bacon

brunch at taverna on knox

of course after brunch i  haaaddd to have a chocolate shake from the highland park soda fountain, they have the best shakes in town!

highland park soda fountain knox henderson

post-yoga pic with our pups at mutts cantina

yoga with dogs at mutts cantina

have a wonderful week!

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