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Fort Worth Favorites

It is been awhile since I touched on some of my Fort Worth Favorites [here are some of my previous posts HERE, HERE & HERE]! Hopefully you all can try these places out or already have and love them like I do.

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Food/Beverage

Yogi’s Deli: A Fort Worth favorite great food and great prices.  Our favorite is breakfast there because their bagels, French toast and coffee are stellar!

Fixture: Drinks are amazing and the food is top notch! Perfect date night! LOVE their patio!

Piatello Italian Kitchen: Their dinner is OUTSTANDING and a great atmosphere especially on the patio when there is live music!

Kent & Co: Great Wine at GREAT prices.

Melt Ice Cream: Their ice cream is OUTTA this world and the shop is ADORABLE!

Activities

The Happy Lark: A fun indoor play space for kids with a SUPER cute boutique up front!

Benbrook Library: They have so many great activities for children and adults! For completing the summer challenge with Tripp they gave him a free book! The staff is amazing too and I have met some great mom friends at book babies!

Shop

Adorable Boutique and Monogramming: Great selection of products and you can bring your own thing in and their monogramming is affordable with a fast turn around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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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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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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Wine Weekend

  wine This weekend I am venturing to Fredericksburg, TX for a wine weekend Bachlorette party! I am SO excited for a little getaway!  However, packing is a fun challenge to take on [not].  Here are some of my tips and tricks and my fun picks for this weekend! The key is to have items that can be used multiple ways.  This gives you more options but with less bulk in your duffel!  Also, choose items that can mix easily (basic colors). First off the perfect bag: vb

Vera Bradley [Grand Travler]

Here are some of my ideal outfit combos!

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I love Chambray tops because they can be used in so many ways! This is a comfy cool look for the car ride to over and will be perfect to wear to the casual dinner we are going to that evening!

 Old Navy [Convertible Maxi Dress/Skirt]//Old Navy [Chambray Top]//Target [Cami Top]//Target [Sandal]

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I wanted an outfit that could go from day to night.  This is the day for wine tours so I figured I can throw my sandals in my bag and either dress it up or dress it down! I also get cold easily so throw in the chambray shirt for a bit of warmth but not adding bulk to the bag I carry!  You might notice the repeat of the maxi skirt from above.  Thats because it is a convertible dress/skirt… BRILLIANT!

 Old Navy [Convertible Maxi Dress/Skirt]//Old Navy [Chambray Top]//Michael Kors [Wedge]

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Outfit 3 is for a little fancier dinner out.  I am OBSESSED with this look! Such fun summer colors!

Neiman Marcus [Flare Dress] //Michael Kors [Wedge]

   Bonus find:

Target PJ

What better excuse to buy a cute PJ set! Late night chats will happen and you need to be comfy!

Target [PJ Set]

Kendra Scott [Earrings]

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 51

Well now that busy season is over we actually get to enjoy spending time together during the week!  We went and enjoyed one of our favorite wine bars called Winslow’s.  I enjoyed my Sangria on the patio! Bonus that they also have amazing food!  Their mac and cheese… to die for.

 

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 32

I LOVE home decor…. I am always drawn to buy new items.  I really love apothecary jars.  I have 6 in my kitchen.  Some serve a purpose (holding flour and sugar).  Some are just for decor.  Here is my favorite grouping/use for my jar.

WINE CORK HOLDER! I plan on saving them and using them in another project but it is so fun having friends over and adding to the jar.  It is like a jar full of fun memories!

I feel the best place I have found these at is HomeGoods… They usually have a great variety or sizes/shapes and sometimes even colors!  Both below are from there AND found a great Yankee Candle on sale there too!

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 5

I promise a blog other than “100daysofhappiness” is coming soon! But in the mean time here is my Day 5!

My husband is a CPA so he is in “busy season”. AKA I hardly see him :(.

Well tonight Grey’s Anatomy comes on so I am treating myself to a glass of red wine! YUM-O!

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What is your guilty pleasure?

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Pinterest Challenge: SINK OR SWIM… in the bathtub

“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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(picture courtesy of: www.clker.com)

Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a bathoholic.

I could take a hot bath everyday even during those long hot Texas summers. I love taking time to relax and just having some time to myself.  Sometimes my date to my bath is a glass of wine, other times it is my iPad and some Netflix.

I had looked all around Pinterest one day to find a good detox bath.  Of course I wanted to take one that night so I needed to find ingredients that I already had… my lazy butt need not to make a run to the store!

I came across this Pin —-> HERE

Which lead to me this blog:  sunshinesouthern.wordpress.com

So off I went to hunt down my ingredients:

Baking Soda: CHECK

Epsom Salt: CHECK

Green Tea Bags: CHECK

I took the detox bath and really did enjoy it! Side note: the green tea makes the bath water look like you peed ALOT in it but OH WELL!

I didn’t feel dizzy in the bath but when I got up and was drying off WHOA hello headache.  BUT it went away quickly.  I really like how the detox made my skin feel and it was UBER relaxing so I feel like I will do it again.  I may continue to adventure and try new ones but I would say this Pinterest Challenge was a success!

What detox baths do you like best?