Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Shout Outs!

Taking a little time today to give a little Shout Out to a few special folks who have had a part in making me smile this month!  I love this little space and the people I've had a chance to meet.  
We have a WINNER!  Last week I posted a sweet giveaway to celebrate my 2nd Blogiversary and today I'm announcing Sarah from Foxys Domestic Side as the winner, winner!  Sarah your prize is on the way and I can't wait to hear how you like the products! 
A special shout out to Emily of Simply a Rough Draft.  I have been following Emily since earlier this year and we have seemed to click in many areas.  She is an adorable wife and mom to 3 cuties and also is a Texas girl!  She has a new series, Meet and Greet Monday, in which she showcases a different blogger each week with a little interview.  I was super duper honored to be on her list this month!  Emily, thank you so much for including me. It's because of bloggers like you becoming a blogger has been so much more fun!  Head on over and check out Emily's Friday Favorites!
Y'all, Shay at Mix & Match Mama was one of the very first bloggers I followed!  I have tried so many of her recipes which have been huge hits with my family.  How exciting to receive this special delivery on my porch last weekend.  I can hardly wait to dive right in and make some of these yummy dishes.  Shay has laid the book out by month and includes so many delicious options.  Do yourself a favor and pre-order this book now!  In fact, order one for all the women in your family AND they make amazing teacher gifts.  Thank you so much Shay!
Seriously, when you are scrolling through Instagram and see your own face and it shocks you it can just make your day!  Thanks so much Laura for twinning with me!  You look adorable.  
And my biggest shout out is to my friends Holly and Katy who I somehow convinced to run away with me for the weekend!  We are heading to Austin with hopes of having some blogger brainstorming but in all reality we really are all in need of some time away from activities and people in our daily lives that we love so dearly!  Mom life is the best but sometimes you just have to rest up and refocus.  You can of course follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (queeninbetween1) but we will be sure to also recap all the fun we find right here on the blog.
High school football has kicked off all over Texas and college football will be following really soon. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 30th and come share your favorite football team with Katy and I as we host Spiel the Beans with the Queens

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!  

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Rewind Friday - Back to School

Have you heard of Rewind Friday?  This is an opportunity for you to link up with these sweet ladies and showcase the best of your blog!  It's such and easy and fun way to meet other bloggers you may not even realize you need to follow yet!  
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It's all Back to School happenings around our neck of the woods so this months Rewind Friday is taking a look back at a few school related posts!  Whether I'm reminiscing about school days past, showing off the first day of school pictures or doing some lunchbox planning I hope you find something helpful or fun in these posts!
I took a walk down memory lane by showing off my WORST School Pictures!  
Shared a little from the heart about Back to School Growth & Change
If you are needing some ideas to up your lunchbox game, this post has some ideas as well as how I organize to make it super easy for my kids to pack their own lunches.  
I also shared a few school day memories and my advice to my younger self!  
And last year as Carly Jo started her last year of elementary I shared why I was Grateful for the 1st Day instead of being sad. 

Wishing all you parents of school age children and amazing school year! For those of you who are D-O-N-E, congratulations!  

Have a super weekend!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Girls Getaway - JW Marriott San Antonio

These girls are besties and how lucky could they be to have moms who are also besties?!!  These two met the day after Carly was born and they truly have the sweetest friendship.  We started a little tradition back in March for Holden's birthday and instead of birthday parties we would celebrate with a weekend away.  In March we hit up the sites in Fort Worth.  Even though Carly doesn't turn 11 until the end of September, we decided to go ahead and check this weekend away off our list!  
It had been dry as could be in Texas for most of the summer but you can bet the day we were leaving the sky opened up with rain.  Thankfully there was no thunder or lightning so the JW Marriott pool and water slides were still a go.  These girls weren't letting anything rain on their parade!  
If you are looking for some low stress family fun and are in Texas, I highly recommend this venue. With a lazy river, 3 different water slide/raft type activities, a kiddie pool, 2 larger pools and a family hot tub you can't go wrong.  The one thing I really love about this location verses some I've stayed at in other areas is you are still close enough to leave the property and do a little sight seeing if you choose.  Plus if your kids are old enough there is an adults only pool you can park yourself at while they play!  
The first night we came in from swimming and sat by the fireplace in one of the lounges after grabbing a bite to eat.  The girls can have fun anywhere and make up all kinds of activities.
Seriously!  They had us rolling most of the time and it wasn't just the wine we were drinking...promise.
We laughed so hard when we went back to the room to change and these two stopped, dropped and made a quick sock swap in the hallway.
They even managed a photo op with Mario and Luigi!  These little boys were such good sports.  
Monday morning we woke up to more rain and just chilled around the hotel reading and such for a bit before heading to downtown San Antonio and the Market Square area.  I grabbed Carly's cardigan, which is very similar to the Bobeau cardigan, during the anniversary sale and she loves it!  
If you read a lot of "best places to eat" type write ups, this restaurant receives mixed reviews.  It is as Mexican as you come with the colorful decorations and often there are mariachis playing and some would say it's just a tourist location.  This was my third time to dine at Mi Tierra and y'all I almost licked the plate.  I rarely order enchiladas anymore but these were amazing!
We browsed the market area and the girls found these wrestling masks which were silly but we had to snap quick because it was against the rules to be trying them on.  Oopsie.
The girls did find these headbands so appropriate for them both.  They were just too grown up walking around looking at everything.  We really hoped to ride the boat along the River Walk and visit the Alamo but the weather just did not cooperate.
Back at the resort, still raining but all the girls wanted was for the moms to ride the water slides with them.  Who were we to argue and plus we were already soaked.  It was so much fun sharing the day with them!  They closed down the park at 8pm and we headed back in to our room.  While there are plenty of places to grab food at the resort we were bushed and I ordered a pizza from a local Pizza Hut.  Not only did they deliver to our room, they brought paper plates and napkins!  
Need just one more amazing reason to stay at the JW Marriott San Antonio?  The bell man who carried our luggage to our room at check in took note we were celebrating Carly's 11th birthday and had these cookies sent to our room.  He was just outstanding and even sent an extra robe so both girls could have one.
Tuesday morning and we needed to check out but, you guessed it, it was finally not raining!  We grabbed the girls and hit the pool as soon as the slides opened at 10am.

It was the best time even though the weather was not 100% perfect.
We checked out around noon and with the sun still trying to make a comeback headed back downtown to the Pearl.  This is a developing area surrounding the original location of the Pearl Brewery.  
This is a developing area with restaurants, a culinary school and a new hotel, Hotel Emma, which looks like a great couples retreat.

Lots of great art and scenery and they even hold a summer dance hall series.
Our main reason for heading down to the Pearl, however, was to eat lunch at the Bakery Lorraine. Let me tell you, this tomato soup and cheese toast was everything after a rainy few days!  Cutest little restaurant.
The four of us loaded up and headed back to College Station full of new memories.  The girls already told us they want to celebrate Sweet 16 in New York City and Holden literally said "I can't wait to gamble in Vegas when I'm 21".  Goodness....if their mommas can still keep up let the tradition continue!  

Do you have an annual tradition with your besties?  

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