Throwback Thursday: Girls Weekend in the Great State

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Unless your a resident of the Lone Star State, I have a inkling you’ve not. Fun Fact! Fredericksburg is the 5th largest wine producer in the US! Cheers y’all!

Last weekend Aunt Tina and I surprised Mom with {another} 60th Birthday Celebration! She knew she was heading to the GREAT STATE with two of her favorite people, but little did she know all the surprises we had in store!

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We told her to pack her bags- we were heading to Texas! Friday morning we were wheels up for Texas, flying from Atlanta to San Antonio. We picked up our rental car and I played Uber driver for our 57 mile commute to our VRBO rental in Kerrville. (About 25 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.) Mom just couldn’t wrap her head around WHY we had to rent a house if it was just the three of us. Even though we told her it was cheaper than staying in town and probably a lot nicer than the local Holiday Express Motel.

This home was stunning y’all and Erin, the owner, was fantastic to work with. The house was updated and the views were spectacular- the rolling Texas hills made us feel like we were up in the hills of Hollywood. The Master Bathroom had a walk-in shower with three, yes THREE, shower heads! Don’t get me started on the backyard with the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and  infinity pool- absolutely breathtaking y’all! Highly recommend this property if you’re heading to Fredericksburg for any occasion! Wish we could have spent more time there!

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The real reason we needed a larger house? It was not going to be just the three of us spending the weekend together hopping around tasting wine. We were spending the weekend with a few of our favorite Texas women- sorority sisters, family, friends from fifth grade and friends that are like family! SURPRISE TG!

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Friday Night was spent with guests arriving sporadically surprising Mom. Catching up, laughing like school girls and of course cheers-ing to our Birthday Girl!

Saturday we got up bright and early to hit the Texas Wine Trail! We used The 290 Wine Shuttle Company, which was fantastic! They charter guests around to 13 local wineries for a very reasonable fee. It was so nice not having to worry about calling an Uber or having a one of the girls miss the fun and play Designated Driver.

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We started at Barons Creek for a quick tasting of five or six varieties.

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They have a huge tasting room, complete with multiple private rooms, a lovely back garden space and gift shop. The Viognier was one of our favorites from the tasting- it has ripe apricot and delicate lemon zest flavors combination in this delicious Texas Viognier. This wine has a long, creamy finish. It’s a fantastic companion for shrimp or lobster with butter sauce.

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Mom also really enjoyed their Muscat Canelli, a deliciously sweet and balanced wine bursting with flavors of peach, honeydew and a hint of grapefruit. It is a perfect aperitif on a warm day but you can also pair it with fruit salad or Thai cuisine. That has her name all over it!

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From Barons Creek we had a short wait for the 290 Bus and headed to Grape Creek: The Tuscany of the South.

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Grape Creek is a local favorite. The property was beautiful! You really did feel like you were in Tuscany! The tasting area was VERY crowded and on weekends they do limit the number of guests per tasting groups. This vineyard was highly recommend, so we broke into small groups for tasting prior to our arrival. Our tasting experience was ok. Our guide was not full of that Southern Texas hospitality until I decide to sign up for their Wine Club. We had to wait over an over an our for a tasting, their restaurant was packed and the check-in station seemed a little frazzled and not able to give us real information the wait time, availability, etc. I wish the customer service experience as a little different because the wine was quite good. We ended up finding a spot to sit and share a bottle and a stunningly delicious charcuterie board together before heading to our final stop of the day.

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Our third winery was Fat Ass.

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Our favorite for the atmosphere! {With a name like Fat Ass, how could it not?}  It was such fun y’all! Very laid back, low key environment with a live band. So, so much fun! Their wine supply was down when we were there, but they make a wine slushy that went down way too easily! A perfect drink for Summer days. Definitely plan to stop by Fat Ass when you head to the Texas Wine Country! We had the best time!

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Whew! Feeling wined-up yet? Hang on and pop over next week for our Travel Tuesday series when we wrap up our weekend in the Wine Country!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts!

Throwback Thursday: Traveling with Thelma & Louise

Do you take an annual trip? Maybe it’s a girls weekend with your besties, a family beach trip or spending the holidays at Disney? With the cold, rainy weather we have been having in Atlanta lately, I can help but to throw back and think of warm, Summer days. It can’t get here fast enough!

Every Summer I go on a grand adventure (typically to the GREAT state of Texas) with my Navigator/Co-Pilot/DJ, Mom. It’s our Thelma & Louise Trip. While Summer days are on my mind, I thought telling y’all about our most recent Thelma & Louise trip was great for a Throwback Thursday!

We started this annual tradition close to ten years ago. Every Summer while Mom is on break from school, we pack our bags, load the car and hit the road for the 12+ hour trip to the GREAT State! Last Summer was one for the books! It was the first year we did not take my tag-a-long dog, Samson- which meant we could stop whenever and wherever we wanted. Let me tell you, that’s exactly what we did! It was more like a 16 hour drive to Texas this year from all the stops we made (to shop) along the way!

We had the most fun stopping at all, well not all, but almost all of the Cracker Barrels between Atlanta and Texas! Who knew they have some of the cutest clothes and trying them on in their bathroom was a hoot! IMG_7261.jpeg IMG_7260.jpegWe left Georgia towards the GREAT State and think we stopped a good three times {Gas, Breakfast at Chick-Fil-A, it wouldn’t be a road trip otherwise, and of course for a little shopping at the CB) before making the two hour drive to cross the state line into Alabama. We sang our way with George Strait and Taylor Swift through Alabama and were in Mississippi in no time! While in Jackson, we planned our drive just right…lunch anyone? We just happened to stumble upon Babalu {Tacos & Tapas}.  IMG_7270-1.jpegThe restaurant sits in an 1927 School House Building. Traces of the building’s roots are still evident with high ceilings, tall windows, and cement walls. You may even notice circular patterns on the ceiling – it’s leftover from the old ceiling tiles! The building’s quirks are just a few of the characteristics that make Babalu unique. They even have classic TV reruns playing on the walls for you to enjoy over tapas in the main dining room or cheers to a “Thelma & Louise Trip” with a Baba-rita!

We snacked on their Guacamole and some of their homemade mini tacos. SO good y’all! Little did we know, a Babalu Atlanta was in the works and recently opened in Midtown, just down the street from your Newly Newlyweds!IMG_7277.jpegAfter lunch, we hoped back in the car and continued our journey towards the GREAT state. We sang our special song as we crossed over the Mighty Mississippi into Louisiana and being that we were 1,400+ miles from Vegas, a stop at Margaritaville in Shreveport to do a little gambling was in our cards! We were not the “women to blame” on this trip- we didn’t win big, but we did walk away just a few dollars down. Father Joe sure would be proud! IMG_7282.jpegShreveport is about 30 minutes from the TEXAS boarder and 2 hours to our final destination! The BIG MP! Mount Pleasant. {Its claim to fame? MP is home to the first Walmart in the State of Texas! Fun Fact, I know. }

IMG_7548.jpegOur first day in the BIG MP wasn’t spent in Mount Pleasant at all! We hit the road again about 7am the next morning for Canton, TX. Home of First Monday Trade Days. Y’all if you have ever seen Flea Market Flip and LOVE it…you will LOVE Canton! It’s just like it, but only better and bigger! (We are in Texas after all!)IMG_7355.jpeg

Not only does Canton have junkin’, they have it all! Cute boutiques come and set up shop, venders of newly released products and those one-of-a-kind, can’t live with out it crafts. Oh y’all and the food! There is just something about Carnival like lemonade and hotdogs. (You might not want to admit it, but you know what I’m talking about! Yum!)

IMG_7364.JPGWe shopped till we dropped. Literally! We shopped all day and filled up my SUV with all sorts of treats that we just had to bring back to Georgia with us! Front porch sittin’ after a day of walking 10+ miles in the Texas heat never looked so good! IMG_7303.JPGAre you having as much fun as were? Just think, it’s just the beginning of our Thelma & Louise 2017 Adventure! Check back in next Thursday when we throwback and finish telling you all about our BIG adventure! No telling where we headed or ended up!

Do you take a Mother-Dauther trip? We’d love to hear your stories! We’re always looking for new places to go!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

{mostly Holly and TG this time}

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE!

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE! 

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

RenderedImage.jpg.jpeg

As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Friday Favorite: VINO Edition

Well, as you may or may not of heard, yesterday was apparently National Drink Wine Day. Hello? Could you have a better reason for a celebration? Especially on a Thursday!

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Our weekly Friday Favorite could not have come at a better time. During our engagement Adam and I had such a fun time turning nights of registering into Date Nights. The first place we went to register was Pottery Barn. They offer items that work with all of your guest’s budgets- and have a fantastic policy for Newly Newlyweds!

The very first item we put on our register was this super, fancy-dancy, wine opener. I mean, we jokingly put it on the registry because we loved it and said to ourselves, “We will never get it, but lets just do it anyways! Ha! Ha!” Well low and behold if we didn’t get it and the story of how we got it is even better!

The June before our wedding my Mom, Dad and I took a little Road Trip to the GREAT State of Texas to visit my Aunt Tina. She had just had her kitchen redone and a fire pit build in her back yard, so of course we had to go see it in person! A trip to the GREAT State just wouldn’t be the same without a gathering with Aunt Tina’s oh-so-fun friends! What better reason to have a party than having family in town and a newly renovated kitchen? Almost as good of a reason as National Wine Drinking Day! Aunt Tina has some of the MOST fun friends! Everytime we plan a visit to Texas seeing her “family” is a must!

Mom and I spent the day helping Aunt Tina pick up the house and making fun appetizers before her friends arrived. I was (of course) the last to finish getting ready. Once ready I was told to go outside with my Dad and all the husbands…I knew something was up! Much to my surprise Aunt Tina, Mom, all her girl-friends and my cousin, Ashley, came outside wearing crowns and ringing wedding bells! They had planned the whole night for ME and Adam! I was so surprised and didn’t know if I should laugh or cry! A surprise wedding shower and one of my favorites! Each friend brought their favorite bottle of wine and one of their favorite recipes so Adam and I could start our life together with a stocked wine fridge and plenty of recipes! Smart ladies!

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After all the hugs and laughter Aunt Tina brought out another surprise! A rather heavy wrapped box. Everyone was asking, “Do you know what it is? Do you have any guesses?” Umm no y’all…I am pretty shocked at the moment!

I opened it up and much to my surprise it was the Fancy-Dancy Wine Opener!

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Oh-my-gosh y’all! I am still so excited about it! I wish I had pictures of my face! Talk about surprised! I immediately facetimed with Adam to tell him about the surprise party and show him our gift. He was just as surprised and grateful as I was.

It now proudly sits on our bar, in our living room at Casa de Fett. It’s quite the conversation piece and I have to say we do use it often! How? I am not quite sure…it’s so fancy I am scared I am going to break it. Adam is the Official Wine Opener.

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We can’t thank each of your Texas Babes enough  for our wonderful gift ! We absolutely love it and all of you! We’re so thankful to have each of you in our lives and my Aunt Tina is lucky to have you as “sister-friends!”

Do you have a favorite gift from your registry or a favorite bar accessory? Share your go-to’s with us! We’re always adding to our bar and love anything that has to do with wine!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!