This Pie is my New Favorite Food!

I was so happy when my college friend Arie moved to Dallas a few weeks ago because 1) she is amazing and I missed her, 2) since she is new I can show her all my favorite places in town, and 3) she is always up for having fun and trying fun new things!

After the world’s worst brunch in Trinity Groves last weekend, we decided that the only way to salvage the morning was to go on a little adventure! Our first stop was the Continental Avenue Bridge- a pedestrian bridge close to downtown Dallas.

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I had always wanted to go on this pedestrian bridge and I’m so glad I can check it off my Dallas list. I mean, look at that awesome view of downtown!

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If you look close enough, you can see my ugly office building. Don’t strain your eyes, it’s really not worth looking at.

It was so hot outside that we didn’t even make it all the way across- we had to turn around and head back. We weren’t done having fun together and we really needed to make up for the terrible food we ate, so we headed down to the Bishop Arts district for some delicious pie!

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Emporium Pies was another place I’d always wanted to go, and I’m so glad that I got to enjoy it for the first time with my friend! The pie was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I got a slice of the Cloud Nine, which was delicious layers of caramel, butterscotch custard, and brown-sugar meringue. My taste buds died and went to heaven.

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I am a little bit obsessed with that pie tho… And how cute is their floral menu?!? We walked around Bishop Arts a little bit more and finally headed back home.

I had so much fun – the more I explore, the more I really love living in Dallas!

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Everybody Rise (2016 Book Bingo Review)

To say that I liked reading Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford would be an utter lie. I actually did not enjoy this book and it was a major disappointment.

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And yes, I know it is supposed to be kind of a satire and yes I know that the main character is supposed to be flawed, and yes I know that we are supposed to see the downside of that unattainable life- but I just didn’t get into it.

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This book, which took the place of “a book with a green cover” on my book bingo, actually did have a pretty satisfying ending (which came way too late in the book and I really only had like 10 pages to enjoy it). The plot sounded like something that I should enjoy… so why didn’t I? I’m just not sure. I think that the plot kind of stressed me out, that might be it. Just the fact that the main character is racking up SO MUCH DEBT just to try and fit in- NOT SMART! STOP THAT! DON’T SPEND MONEY YOU DON’T HAVE! OH MY GOODNESS!

The entire time I was reading this book, I kept thinking of that episode of Gossip Girl where Jenny tries to fit in with the rich, popular girls, and she becomes a horrible person temporarily and steals a dress, and then she obviously gets caught and the rich, popular girls no longer want to be her friend and she is lonely and sad, but has her family to fall back on.

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In fact, to save you some time, you should just watch that episode instead of reading the book. There you go.

Have you read this one? What did you think? Let me know!

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Best Concert Ever!

As I’m sure you all know by now, going to concerts is one of the great joys of my life. They’re just so much fun and each one has a different vibe and hearing my favorite songs performed live right in front of me really puts me in such a great mood! While I’ve been to some pretty amazing shows, I think the concert I went to this past Friday night seeing Matt Stell perform was one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had. You know why? Because it was basically a private show – there were only 8 people in the audience!

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I know what you’re thinking- “wow that sounds so sad” and “man, I feel bad for the performer” but it was really ok- he still had a lot of fun. I dragged my friend Karl along to the concert with me (he loves country music and is always up for a random adventure) and we walked into the small venue and were the only ones in there at first! We chatted with Matt for a little bit while he finished tuning his guitar and getting ready for his acoustic set.

About 10 minutes after the concert started, some more people finally showed up. They were people that Matt knew personally, which made him loosen up even more. It was like he was just hanging out with friends for the evening, and you could tell that he was having a lot of fun while playing, chatting with all of us in the audience, and telling funny stories.

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Matt played a few of his own songs, a lot of fun covers, and he even played a song that he wrote that might show up on Montgomery Gentry’s new CD! It was called “The Better I Drink” … or something like that… it was super catchy, so keep an eye out for it, though!

I bet you might also be wondering “Hey Kelly- if this guy had such a small concert turnout, how did you even hear about it?!?” That’s a great question! He and I went to college in the same small town and I had gone to see one of his concerts about 4 years ago. Look at us back then- so young!

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Since then, I had followed him on Instagram and saw that he would be in Dallas.

He has a beautiful voice with an old school country vibe and some serious guitar skills. If that sounds up your alley at all, you should look him up and listen to a few of his songs! Here are a few of my favorites!

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Spell It Out (2016 Book Bingo Review)

When I put the box for “a book that will make you smarter” on my book bingo card last year, I had no clue what I would actually end up reading. Not that I don’t enjoy reading non-fiction, but I couldn’t think of ANYTHING at the time that I would want to read for that category. I like to listen to the podcast A Way With Words and when they mentioned the book Spell It Out by David Crystal I knew I had to read it!

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I was an English major in school and I’m still a bit of a word nerd, so this was RIGHT up my alley! It went through the history of spelling, how words were formed, how they came to be in English, and why we spell words the way we do today. It was actually really interesting!!!

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It was a lot of information… I will admit that. And if you’re not really REALLY interested in the English language it might be kind of hard to get through. BUT what I liked most about this book was that it was broken up into really short chapters that had a very logical flow. So that way if you didn’t want to read all about spelling nonstop, you could read a short chapter every few days and not get overwhelmed.

This book will definitely make you feel a little bit smarter and I highly recommend it! Crystal has a lot of other books regarding the English language and I definitely want to read them at some point!

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Five for Friday #28

Hello and happy Friday! I just realized that I haven’t done one of these in a while, and I have TONS of things I want to share! (I’m even saving some of them for the next round… next week maybe? The week after? Who knows!) Here’s what’s been on my radar lately…

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One – Did you know that you can send a piñata in the mail!?!? Well you can! And this site lets you send a super adorable little one filled with candy and a message!
pinataTwo – I pre-ordered this book and I CAN NOT WAIT for it to be delivered to my door! I will read it and love it and you bet I’ll tell you all about it when I’m done!
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Three – This skirt is so adorable and very “me” (actually I’m a little obsessed with this entire outfit…)
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Four – I just started a bullet journal and it is so much fun! It’s great for me, because it lets me have a planner, a place to keep my lists, and place to jot down thoughts, all in one place.
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Five – If you know me at all, you know I love llamas (for some reason.) So obviously I love this little notepad. (I can just tape those pages into my bullet journal… right?!?)
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But really… how cute is that little llama…

I’m so excited for this weekend- I’m going to a concert, a house-warming/football watch party, brunch, church, and probably laundry!! Have fun and stay safe this weekend!signature

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