A-Z Dallas

If you’ve been with me for any amount of time, you probably know that I LOVE living in the greatest city ever, Dallas, TX. There are so many amazing neighborhoods to explore, so many great restaurants to try (seriously- Dallas has more restaurants per capita than NYC!), and so many fun things to do and see!

I have been to/seen/tried a lot of great things so far here in DFW, and I decided that I needed to make a list of some of my favorites from A-Z. It was actually a lot harder to choose than I expected. I had like 6 things I wanted to use for the letter D and S, but couldn’t for the life of me think of anything for X. I had to get a little bit creative. X is a really hard letter, you guys.

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A-Z Dallas

A- Addison Circle Park

B- Billy Bob’s (concerts!)

C- Cupcake ATM (at Sprinkles Cupcakes)

D- Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

E- Emporium Pies

F- Fountain Place (great place to bring your lunch in the courtyard)

G- Geodeck in Reunion Tower

H- The Hospitality Sweet

I- Ikea

J- The Joule Hotel (awesome pool)

K- Klyde Warren Park

L- Lower Greenville

M- Main Street Garden

N- Northpark Center (fancy shopping)

O- Original Pancake House

P- Perot Museum

Q- Quorum Park

R- Rodeo at the Stockyards

S- Sixth Floor Museum

T- Truck Yard

U- Uptown (neighborhood)

V- Vitruvian Park (great place to see Christmas lights)

W- White Rock Lake (specifically the stand up paddle boarding)

X- X Marks the Spot (Dealy Plaza)

Y- Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse

Z- Zoo

So many great things! If you’re from here or have ever been to Dallas, what do you think? Any personal favorites on the list? Anything I left off that you would add? Let me know- maybe it’s a place I haven’t been to yet and should check out!

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Blanket for a Baby BOY!

Today is exciting for two reasons. The first reason- it is my mom’s 60th birthday!! Happy birthday, Mom! The second reason- my brand new nephew is 11 days old! Hooray!!

My sister and her husband had another baby on January 1st and I couldn’t be more excited! Just like with their first child, they decided not to find out the gender beforehand, which in my mind made the birth all the more exciting! And now I have TWO nephews!!! I haven’t been able to go down and see him yet, but he just looks so squishy and adorable!

I wanted to make a baby blanket for the new baby (I made one for my first nephew, Grady, when he was born) but not knowing the gender, I wasn’t sure what colors to use. I ended up going with a navy, green, and cream color scheme and I LOVE the way they look together! I wish that the lighting would have been better, because the pictures I took make the colors look dull and drab and not as beautiful.

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This blanket was so easy to make, and it didn’t take long at all! I would just grab my yarn and work on it while watching a movie and crochet the night away. I finished the blanket after Christmas so it would be ready as soon as the baby was born! (I didn’t finish my first nephew’s blanket until he was 3 weeks old. However, in my defense, he was born 3 weeks early, so I totally would have finished it on time otherwise.)

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I used THIS PATTERN for the blanket itself (very easy to follow!), and I used THIS PATTERN to piece all of the granny squares together. If you love to crochet you should definitely give this pattern a whirl!

I can’t wait to go visit my sweet new nephew (and the other, also very sweet one! And my sister!) and wrap him up in his blanket!

 

Yes, I Wanted to be a Snowman…

I recently posted about not knowing where I wanted my career to be in the next 5 years (this post here!) and that thought has still been sticking with me. Again, I like my job well enough, I’m not necessarily looking to ‘shake things up,’ but I’ve really been trying to think of what direction I want my career to go.

I still have nothing.

I thought that I should revisit all the careers I wanted to have while growing up, one by one, and maybe that would shed some light onto what my passions are and where I should be focusing my attention, what skills I should work on developing, etc. I’m not sure if this will actually be helpful or not, but I’m just letting myself type and I guess we will see where we’re at when I’m done!


 

Snowman

Yes, I wanted to be a snowman when I grew up. I don’t think I could make that one up. I was a very small child at the time, and yes we even have it on home video for proof. I’m not sure what about being a snowman appealed to me, but I think it shows a whimsical spirit that I ‘d like to think is still alive in my soul to this day. Or maybe it just shows that I was a super weird kid. Because I was. I’m also a pretty weird adult, too, but I think some people find it endearing. Hopefully. 🙂

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 Fire Truck Driver

No, don’t confuse this with wanting to be a firefighter. I had no desire to fight fires. I very specifically wanted to drive the big truck and that was all. I didn’t want to wear the uniform, either. Just drive around and hang out with the dog I assumed came with the fire truck. As a young child, the dog might have been a big factor in this one, honestly. I’m not really sure how this one relates to me in adulthood…

Artist

I LOVED art when I was growing up- and heck, I still do! I used to love drawing, going to art classes on Saturdays, coloring, and just trying to be creative. I feel like I still have a lot of creative energy within me, but I often have no idea what to do with it. I like to think that I’m a creative person, but I don’t get to use that in my work. At all.

Actor

Oh man, I was SUCH a ham when I was a kid. (Again, we have the home video proof of this.) I would love to make my family laugh. I loved pretending. This definitely hasn’t died in me at all, even though I didn’t ever really try at this in real life. I didn’t do plays in high school. I didn’t try out for musicals (ok so I did almost try out once in like 8th grade for a community theater musical but had a bit of a panic attack and made my mom come pick me up and I cried the whole way home.) I still love to pretend, though- let my imagination run wild. I think this shows that I was goofy and I’m still goofy, and I love to interact with people in a fun way. Am I getting to do that at my job? Only on personal time in personal conversations, which I suppose is fine in a ‘professional’ job.

Weather Girl

really wanted to do this for a while. I just thought it would be so neat. I didn’t even necessarily want to be the one on TV (actually yes I did. I was really good at pointing at things and people needed to see it.) I even recorded a weather simulation forecast at the NBC store in NYC when I was 13. I think my love of science faded over time as I started reading more and more and so that dream quietly faded.

Teacher

This was what I wanted to be for probably most of my life. Part of it was that I really enjoyed ‘playing school’ when I was little and I had fun volunteering as a tutor in the elementary school while I was in high school. Part of it I think was that I felt like I needed to pick something I wanted to be and that was an easy answer. I finally gave that up after a practicum in college when I was in a 1st grade classroom and it was just the worst. Not for me.


Well, I think that’s all of them. And I’m honestly not quite sure what I’ve gathered from thinking back on all of these, but I sure had a lot of, umm, interesting aspirations growing up. So basically what I’ve learned today: I’m still a weird person, I still like being creative, I still like interacting with people, but not exclusively 28 seven year-old children.

Now off to enjoy the rest of my Saturday- I’m going to NorthPark Center with some friends and I’m so excited! I can’t believe I haven’t gone there before- so many of my favorite stores and brands are there! I have a few gifts I want to pick up and hopefully I can get them all today. Enjoy your day, too!

 

St. Louis and a Spooky Spider Headband

I just had the BEST weekend I’ve had in SUCH a long time! It was so nice going back to St. Louis, even if it was just for like 76 hours and I didn’t get much sleep because I was having too much fun. #worthit  It was so great to see my friends, to go to the wedding (I even got to hang out with my mom at the wedding!), and just hang out in my old stomping grounds for a little bit. It was really, really hard to leave… but then my plane flew right next to downtown Dallas and it was lit up all pretty and I remembered why I love it here.

But now on to other, way different things. Halloween is coming up! So soon! Are you ready?!? I AM! (That is really only because I will be out of town and so I don’t have to prepare an actual costume or buy candy or anything like that). One thing that I did prepare for this spooky season was an adorable spider headband to wear to work on Friday. I made it a few weekends ago while visiting my sister (she made one, too) and we had fun crafting together during my nephew’s nap time. It was super easy to make, and I’ll show you the steps if you want to make your own!

 

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I’ve actually worn a very similar headband to work for the last 3 years, but it got smushed in the move, so I had to make another one. Look at the similar poses- very consistent of me.

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I can’t wait to wear this to work on Friday and celebrate Halloween a little bit early! Hope y’all are having a fun Wednesday!

Spooky Spider Headband (how to)

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Paper Chains (a Wedding Countdown)

Time for a little backstory- One year when I was in college, I lived in an apartment with 4 other girls (we had a 4 bedroom apartment so it wasn’t cramped at all) and they were all in various stages of relationships throughout our year living together. Ashley was engaged when we all moved in, Courtney got engaged to her boyfriend toward the end of our lease, Lauren got engaged to her boyfriend during the winter, and Abby was dating Nate. For all of the engaged girls, I made them a paper chain to count down the days until their wedding- and they were so fun to make! We had them strung around the hallway and the living room, which made great cheap decorations since we were all in school and broke.

Now years later, Abby and Nate are getting MARRIED! I’m so incredibly excited for them and I can’t wait to help them celebrate at the wedding! But as a former roommate, there is something I must do first… make her a wedding countdown paper chain!!! I sent this off and I hope that she enjoys ripping off each chain, one day at a time, as her wedding day approaches.

The steps to make your very own paper chain are so simple! Pick your paper and cut into strips.

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Write dates or number of days until the wedding on the strips.

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Tape the strips together and you’re done!

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This is seriously such a fun gift to make and such a fun gift to give! It’s unique, thoughtful, interactive, and there are a TON of options for how you want to make them. You can get beautiful paper, paper to go with the bride-to-be’s decor, you can get really inspired and write quotes about love on some of the strips (I did this for my sister’s wedding countdown chain!), the possibilities are endless. What’s your favorite gift to give a bride-to-be?

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