Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

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Salted Caramel not pictured because I ate it all…

Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

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My friends are like really pretty.

Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!

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Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!


Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

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Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara

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The Only TEN I See

This past week has been crazy, in a great way!  I’m hoping I’ll be able to share some exciting news with you very soon!

Most of y’all know that Eric and I live in South Carolina, and our families live in Texas.  We are pretty fortunate to have parent’s that make time to visit us, but seeing family twice a year isn’t really ideal.  So, when my parents planned a trip to Tennessee and were going to be less than 4 hours away, I jumped at the chance to crash their vacation…they didn’t seem to mind haha. (Muscle tank is from my last Friday Favorites!)

We rented a cabin in Townsend, Tn.  It’s a small town full of friendly people nestled in-between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tn.  This would be a great place for couples or families with small kids, since it’s only a few minutes up the road from the craziness of Pigeon Forge.

The very first thing we did was ride the Alpine Roller Coaster.  It was incredible! Getting to control the speed of your own roller coaster, nothing beats that!  Well…one thing beats that, my dad’s before and after pictures on the roller coaster! (Please leave your funny captions for these pics in the comments!!)

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We also drove the Cades Cove Scenic Loop, and it was beautiful!  Living in the upstate of South Carolina for so long (almost 5 years, crazy!), I’ve started to take for granted how beautiful this side of the country is.  It was neat to see the sights through my parents’ eyes.  As much as I love Texas, she doesn’t have mountains and views like this.  And yes, Texas is a she.

Easily the best part of our time in Townsend was driving the Mtn Trax ATV’s! We have never done anything like this, before!  My mom is not known for getting dirty, so I was definitely caught off guard when she told me what we were doing!  If you have never gone mudding in an ATV, get online and book a ride now!  You can thank me later.  Also, special shout out to Jake at Mtn Trax for being so great and taking so many pictures and videos for us!  I’m not sure these pictures fully capture how wet and muddy we were!

I only had 48 hours in Townsend, but it was so fun-filled.  I can’t wait to go back, and take the husband with me!

I’m a huge believer in eating local when on vacation.  Ask my husband, I have a very strict no chain restaurant policy.  I’m all about embracing the culture and supporting the locals.  Here are my top picks to #EatLocal in Townsend: Trailhead Steakhouse (and seafood) & Burger Master Drive In.  Trailhead is highend, but reasonably priced with good portion size.  Burger Master is super cheap and the burgers are really good.  Pro tip:  If you don’t have a huge appetite, get the kids meal burger, it comes with ice cream!

Side note: Before I arrived, my parents went on an unguided horseback ride!  They had a blast! Mountain horseback riding, without a guide, you know it’s going to be awesome!

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Thanks for reading y’all!  One of the neatest things about my blog is seeing where all my readers are from!  Comment with what city, state or country you’re reading from in the comments below! Bonus – tell me the best parts of your state and why I should visit there next!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara