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Father’s Day Favorites

Father’s day is a special day to recognize those father figures in our lives.  I feel like it is one of the special days that they accept the “showing” of praise and gifts. My husband is so humble and deserves nothing more than to be treated extra special on this day… I mean he puts up with one feisty red head every other day of the year! So this year I am really hoping to show him how much Tripp & I love and appreciate his hard working and loving self.  Here are some of my gift ideas for him…. what he will get is a surprise! We are also planning on a fun dinner and a trip to the Rangers game with both Grandpa’s and Uncle Sammy too!

This guy works so hard for our little family and I grow more and more proud of him [and fall more in love with him] everyday! He loves our little guy so fiercely and has been the best dad I could ever ask for.  I definitely thank God for bringing Mark into my life!

Enough of the gushing and on to the Father’s Day goodies!

For the tech guru:

For the Sports Star:

For the Lawn Lover:

For the grill master:

For the Wine Enthusiast:

For the jack of all trades:

What is on your Father’s day gift list?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Powerbeats2 Review

Well hello everyone! I have several blog post on the horizon but I have been trying some new items out since Christmas and I wanted to give you my insight.  Most of the time I research things before I purchase but when my brother asked what I wanted for Christmas I said I wanted wireless earbuds for working out.

Mainly I wanted them because my klutzy self has swatted at my headphone cords and had my phone go flying a few times. It is so embarrassing and you hold your breath to make sure you didn’t mess your phone up!

So my brother ended up getting me Powerbeats2.  I have used them several times during different activities and have LOVED them.  I thought the around the ear clip would bother me but I don’t even notice it!  They stay powered up for a good amount of time.  It was SUPER easy to pair with my iPhone.  They also include ear-tips for a variety of ear shapes which is great because I HATE those big earbuds in my ear…. OUCH!

Overall, if you are someone who listens to a lot of music which being active these are TOTALLY for you.  They come in several colors too!

What are you favorite fitness accessories?

Powerbeats

 

Photo credit: Beasbydre

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Tailgate Music

Music is always important at a Tailgate!  You need some jams that can pump you up but also some that can just be great background!

Here are my current favorites:

Kongos: Come With Me Now

Frankie Ballard- Sunshine and Whiskey

The Swon Brothers- Later On

Becky G- Shower

Ram Jam- Black Betty

Queen- Fat Bottomed Girls

Bruce Springsteen- Born in the USA

 

What are your favorite tailgate songs?

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{Current} Favorite Things

I don’t really like change but lately I have gotten/tried/found some [new to me] things that I am loving. So I thought I would share!

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Lip Gloss–  This gives a great sheen and it also gives a cool tingly feeling… Perfect on these hot summer days.

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Workout Pants– These are comfy and reversible! Keep my legs cool and how fun is this color!

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Flowers– Peonies.  I just love these.

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Song– Kongos- Come with me now.  Great pump up song for working out or going out!

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Monogram Tote– This isn’t the one I have but I am loving the canvas and modern monogram! Great bags to throw all my stuff in especially when I am heading to workout!

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Mini Watermelons– These are still pretty good size but it is great that you can cut one and keep one! I hate having to buy one huge water melon for me and Mark!

What are a few of your favorite things?!

 

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One HILL of a time

What a whirlwind of a weekend! Bachlorette weekend has come and gone and it was a blast! Fredericksburg, Texas is a fun, and friendly little town! It was so PERFECT for a girls weekend and we had one HILL of a time! Loved the weekend saying…. Brides new last name is going to be Hill AND we were in HILL country… HOW GREAT!

We rented a house right off main called Abendlied! It was so great because when we got in Friday we all enjoyed drinks, dinner and girl time on the porch!

On Saturday we had a home cooked breakfast and then got ready for a day of wine tours!

Texas Wine Tours was who we went through and it was great! They pick you up [and you can drink on the bus]! We had three wineries to go to:

Tourre Di Pietra– First stop and didn’t know what to expect! It was very “Tuscany”.  Bonus for cat lovers is that they had cats there.  Downfall, I am allergic!  But we enjoyed sitting outside here and the cats didn’t come near me so I was good to go!

 Beck Vineyards– This was such an amazing winery! Great outdoor space and VERY yummy wine! We enjoyed lunch on their GIGANTIC patio!

William and Chris– This was such a cute winery.  They had great history and stories on their wine [and wine labels].  They were very knowledgeable and fun!

After the wine tours we headed back to change for dinner!

We went to Hondo’s. It had the best atmosphere and the food and drinks were great! They had a band playing called, “Almost Patsy Cline Band“.  LOVED them!

It was such a great weekend and we had some fun and interesting stops along out drive there and back… heck we even saw the Wolds Biggest Cedar Rocking Chair!

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#100daysofhappiness: Days 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, & 90

It is that time again to update the good ole #100days of happiness!  After this adventure ends I will pick back up on more unique posts!

Over the weekend my oldest friend came to town for a visit! I have known Kate for over 21 years… sheeeeeeesh!  You should follow her blog Prairie Yuppie! She owns a ridiculously cute boutique in Stillwater, OK and competes in beauty pageants!  While she was here we ventured around Fort Worth, and  went to the Colonial! The quote below is our friendship… we could sit for hours and not say anything and be comfortable…. BUT lord knows we can chats each others heads off too!

True Friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable- David Tyson Gentry

Colonial was so fun! We had access to a few tents and the weather was perfect! We got to spend time with old friends and new friends and it was FABULOUS!

Belli [Facewash]-  No, I am not pregnant but I have been having TERRIBLE breakouts but I don’t want to start medicine or anything ridiculously harsh on my skin.  SO I have been searching for things that will help my face.  I LOVE the philosophy clear line but wanted to try something new.  I found rave reviews for this from NON pregnant people so I thought I would give it a whirl! And I LOVE it.  Doesn’t smell and really gives you the fresh and clean feel! It really has reduced my break outs… right now I only have one pimple…. a month ago i had so many I couldn’t even count them all!

Cherry Coke Zero is a serious problem I have.  I love it and it really does help curb my coke cravings especially in the summer when I crave it even more! Cue Rascal Flatts singing Mayberry.  I don’t drink it everyday but I like having it around when I am have a sweet craving!  SO YUMMY!

Kate and I decided to treat Mark to homemade breakfast after he put up with us hung out with us all weekend.  Omelets and bacon… can’t.beat.that.

Also, I have gotten to take advantage of working from home and some amazing weather by laying out with my laptop in hand!  I LOVE it! Stay tuned for a blog post about the highs and lows of working from home!  Should be funny…. at least for me.

Hope y’all had a fabulous weekend!

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Fort Worth Favorites

Oklahoma holds such a special place in my heart but I really have fallen in love with Fort Worth, TX.  Here are a few of my favorite things! Somethings may not be Fort Worth ONLY but I didn’t experience them until I moved here!

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Food

Joe T. Garcias– Their marge will knock you off your feet! Such a great patio too! They do have a limited menu but the food is great!

The Original– Typical mexican food but it is a Fort Worth staple! We have tried most menu items and they have all be yummy!

Lucille’s– LOVE their brunch but their seafood is AMAZING too!

Old South– A fort worth staple open 24 hrs! GERMAN PANCAKES for the WIN!

The Woodshed– Outdoor seating with unique smokehouse choices.

RailHead– Texas BBQ at it’s best!

Winslow’s– Wine and cheese… can’t beat the cool atmosphere!

Hoffbrau- Steak, Steak, Steak… YUMMYY and great prices!

Swiss Pastry Shop– Black Forest Cake is AMAZING… not like a typical one but it will rock your world people.

Entertainment

Billy Bob’s– Country music at its best! Have been to several converts and we love the atmosphere [very intimate]! At an Eli Young Band concert we caught a guitar pick and drum stick!

Movie Tavern– Drinking and movie… unlike the place in Oklahoma the whole theater can drink as long as you are 21! Ticket prices are reasonable too!

Concerts in the Garden– Summer time, music, food and drink.  The FW Symphony has different themes and collaborations so you can attend for the music you love most!

Four Day Weekend– Similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway”, this 4 man group will keep you laughing!

 

Colonial– Caddy races, drinking and great scenery!

Shopping

Neiman Marcus– Top notch designers and several great sales throughout the year!

Apricot Lane– CUTE boutique. I am OBSESSED with their fleece lined leggings.

Health/Beauty

Smart Barre Class– LOVE these classes and can’t wait to see my body change!

Zeeba– Meredith is my girl and helps keep my hair looking fab.

I will continue to add to this list! What Fort Worth Places do you feel I missed or maybe that I should try?

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Valentine’s Day Purchase List

Well, well, well, January came and went faster than ever! I can’t believe it is almost Valentine’s Day!  I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of [or good at] being overly romanic.  Valentine’s day always seems extra hard to me because Christmas and my husbands birthday happen 9 days apart and I feel like that I never think to save a gift for Valentines so then I am left to scramble!  So here goes a “Top 5” list.  Most of these are classic items that you can “put in your back pocket” for any event that may arise.

Also, while I am at it… I figure I’ll make a top ten classic “For Her” list!  I tried to do a range of prices so there is something most everyone can afford! If all else fails a home cooked meal date and a red box movie is a WONDERFUL go to Valentine’s Day idea!

For Him:

Nordstrom: The North Face ‘eTip’ Gloves” ON SALE $30.15
**Great for the tech lover! These ACTUALLY work!  Don’t go cheap on these kind of gloves because they don’t work well #ilearnedmyfrugallesson!

cufflinkNeiman Marcus: Revolver Cufflink: ON SALE $140

These are a fun spin on the cufflink! They have animals and other “random” things too!

Nordstrom: Locaste Driving Shoe: $150
Casual, comfortable, and classy… can’t go wrong with those three C’s.

Nordstroms: Bose Noise canceling Headphones: $299

For the travel lover! These are AMAZING!

SPLURGE ALERT:  Nordstrom: Trafalfar Wallet: $550

Love the gator and rich color!

For Her

Nordstrom: Scarf: $29

This is the best way to add a pop of color to any wardrobe! Many colors avaliable!

earring

Tory Burch: evie Drop Earring: $88.00

Need. These. Yesterday.  The. End.

pantsLululemon: REVERSIBLE leggings $92.

LOVE these for when I am feeling extra spicy and wear the blue side out!

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Tory Burch: Reva Flat: $225

Classic Flat. Can’t beat that!

SPLURGE ALERT: Michael Kors: Miranda Tote: $995

Just dying over the color on this bag! Comes in other shades for the more conservative lady!

***BONUS*** Unisex gift:

Nordstrom: Wayfarer $130

Ultimate sunnies.

Hope y’all love this list! What would you add and what has been your favorite Valentine’s Day gift?