Like. Love. Lick.

This last week, my husband, sister-in-law and I went on an eating adventure. We tried a new restaurant and found a wonderful ice cream shop, called Lick. It was so yummy, I wanted to share it with some of my favorite people – my readers!

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Lick Honest Ice Cream is unique by the ingredients they use. Not only does it taste good, it is better for you than typical ice creams you find at super markets. They also have fun flavors, with crazy combinations that are surprisingly delicious. With the heat in Texas not slowing down, this ice cream is a great way to stay cool without feeling as guilty.

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A candid photo my husband captured.

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If you are ever near one of their locations, I highly recommend stopping in for a scoop or two with your family!

Labor Day Weekend Fun

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This past weekend, my husband was so sweet and surprised my dog and me with a trip to the coast, as well as a prenatal massage for me. We had time to relax and unwind as we prepare for Baby P to arrive in seven short weeks. The sun and the sand was the perfect recipe for a great Labor Day weekend.

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I apologize for the poor quality. We used the selfie timer to get a family photo.

All pregnant moms: If you have not had a prenatal massage, I highly recommend you book an appointment today! It was one of the best massages I ever had, and they even had a pillow for my belly so I didn’t have to lay on my back or side for the massage.

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and the remainder of your week is grand! I would love to hear where you went for this extended weekend! Feel free to share in the comment section below.

No More Mosquito Bites

With the Zika Virus in Texas, and me being pregnant, I am very cautious this summer. To make sure I successfully repel those pesky mosquitos, I use Skin So Soft sunscreen and bug spray. It was recommended to me by my OB/GYN, and it is safe on the skin. It also has a nice scent that does not bother this pregnant nose of mine either.

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The best thing about this sunscreen is that it also has bug guard in it. So one application blocks the sun and the bugs!

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I hope this helps you when protecting you and your love ones this summer. Now go enjoy outside!

Doggie Treats to Beat the Heat

With the Texas heat upon us, I know that pups are suffering too. Besides a water sprinkler and shearing all their fur off, I have a great way too help cool our four-legged friends. Frozen doggie treats! A simple three-ingredient treat that is great for your pets. If your dog is a fan of peanut butter, than you are definitely going to get two paws up for this tasty snack!

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I love to give our dog this treat when we are grilling outside, or if we are cooling off with some ice cream or popsicles too. You can use an ice-tray (silicon trays work best), or even make a larger portion by freezing the treat in a disposable cup.

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Finger-licking good!

Frozen Doggie Treats

  • 32oz of Greek yogurt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of peanut butter

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into ice trays or disposable cups, then put the filled trays/cups into the freezer. Once frozen, they are ready for your pets to enjoy!

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Girls Weekend

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet some of my college girlfriends in Fredericksburg, Texas for the weekend. We had the BEST time being together, and when we met up it was like time didn’t pass at all. I loved every minute of it!  

Being pregnant didn’t slow me down one bit either. I kept up with the girls the whole weekend, but Fredericksburg is a hard place to stop exploring. When it was time to enjoy a cocktail, I would splurge with a great dessert or a Shirley Temple (a cherry Sprite).


For meals, we went to Pasta Bella, Burger BurgerFredericksburg Herb Farm, and Silver Creek. Each of these places were very different, but always had something for everyone. 

On Saturday, we shopped around Main Street and then went to Becker Vineyards and Grape Creek Vineyards. Both have a wonderful atmosphere with music. Grape Creek even has a small restaurant for those who need a meal to go with the fine wine.

For evening entertainment, we went to Crossroads to listen to a great cover band and Silver Creek for some great live music.

During the weekend, we stayed at the Inn on Barons Creek. They had great breakfast and a very relaxing environment. It is right off Main Street, allowing you to walk up and down the street all day.

I hope you have the opportunity some day to venture out to Fredericksburg, TX. All of us girls have been there before, so we only visited our favorite places. But for those first-timers, I highly recommend seeing all the sites and even taking a full wine tour! If you are a explorer, the Enchanted Rock is a great place for you too. 

Happy Travels!

Father’s Day

My dad and me in honor of Father’s Day this weekend:
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Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Do you have what you need to show your love to those fathers in your life?

For some reason, I always feel that fathers are tough to buy for when it comes to gifts. The men in my family don’t have hobbies that have gift-buying qualities affiliated with them. Or when these men finally have something you can buy, they usually go out and buy them on their own. It is a tough world when it comes to show appreciation.

If you can relate these types of fathers, I can hopefully help ease your frustration with some great gift ideas this year.

One of the things my dad really likes to do is solve puzzles. Shutterfly has a great product where you can put your own photo on a puzzle. They can make the puzzle into 60 or 252 pieces. Right now, they have great discounts in honor of Father’s Day. So don’t forget to look at those promo codes! Click on the following link to get started on your own puzzle: Shutterfly

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Another option is to have your man’s toes tended to. You would be surprised how common it is for men to have pedicures these days. Why not treat yourself and that special father to a pedicure? I suggest letting them try a hot stone pedicure. If a pedicure isn’t up your father’s alley, a massage is another great option too!

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If you are on the craftier side, or don’t have enough time to have something shipped to you, I found fun idea to show your love. It is a lotto ticket bouquet. You can budget as much as you want for this gift, and really make it your own. Here is one example that I really loved and plan to use from blupla.com:

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This bouquet was created by blupla.com

I wish you the best on your Father’s Day gift this year, and I would love to hear from you on any great gifts you have given in the past or are giving this year. Comment below with any suggestions or ideas!

 

Graduation Time

Brothers, sisters, cousins, and loved ones – out of your family and friends circle, I bet someone is graduating this year. Along with sitting amongst hundreds to watch that graduate cross the stage and receive their diploma, a gift is usually provided to that graduate as well.

If you are looking for something unique and fun for a graduate, I have a great gift to share. I actually received this similar gift when I graduated from high school from some wonderful people. I still have it and use it today too!

I like to call this gift an “everything toolbox.” It literally has everything you can think of for people going out on their own. Zip ties, silly putty, screwdrivers, batteries…the list goes on and on until the box is full.

When I headed off to college, my box always seemed to have just what I was looking for: extra staples, ziplock bags, and the right-sized nail to hang something. It was always there for me, and still is today! I had to share this amazing box with our cousin that recently graduated high school, and it was so fun to build! Below are photos of the toolbox and things inside. I also included a list if you needed a starting point for yourself:

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Must-Haves for the Everything Toolbox:

  • Hammer
  • Nails (different sizes)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Outlet extender/extension cord
  • Duct tape
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Tums
  • Throat lozenges
  • Headache/Sinus medicine
  • Band aids
  • Toothbrush
  • Fun markers
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tacks
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Glue
  • Note cards (to write to the family)
  • Stamps
  • Study candy
  • Chapstick
  • Ear plugs (for noisy roommates)
  • Cards
  • Silly putty/stress ball
  • Dice
  • Rain poncho/umbrella
  • Batteries
  • Ziplock bags
  • Sewing kit
  • Finger nail kit

The great thing about this box is that you can make it fit whatever budget you have for the graduate, and you can customize it any way you want. So step of the graduate gift box this this year, and have some fun in creating an everything toolbox. I would love to see your creations too! Please share in the comments box below, or tag me on instagram @rockparkscissors! Happy gifting!

Fiesta!

These last two weeks, San Antonio celebrated Fiesta for the 125th year. Fiesta San Antonio is an event that started as a one-parade event to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. Since 1891, it evolved from one parade to two weeks of celebrations, competitions, and festivals.

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This last weekend, I was able to catch the end of Fiesta with my mom and one of her best friends. We headed down to San Antonio and attended the Battle of Flowers parade Friday. The parade lasted about five hours, and it was full of fun! There were trick horses, several high school and college bands, large balloons, and floats that were fully covered with decorations. Some floats had royalty, who were winners for coronations and other contests. Their gowns were elegant with hand-beaded trains. It was spectacular!

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Of course, I had to get a cup of cucumbers. I was introduced to them my first year of Fiesta, and I continue to get them every time I come. The cucumbers are soaked in pickle juice, sliced into spears, and then topped with Trechas salt and Chamoy. It is a great snack, especially when you are looking for something refreshing on the streets of San Antonio.

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After the parade, we went to Fiesta San Fernando and then walked the Riverwalk. We had to stop at Boudros or some tableside guacamole. It is one of my favorites!

My mom and her friend continued Fiesta events the remainder of the weekend. They attended Flambeau, the night parade, and a few other events.

When it is time for you to plan your next trip, I highly recommend planning your next trip to Texas during Fiesta. Viva Fiesta!

Wimberely Market Days

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Earlier this month, my long-time friend and I went to Wimberely Market Days. Wimberely, Texas hosts one of the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country. With over 475 booths, you are sure to find something for you or a loved one.

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We loved strolling along the paths, listening to live music, and catching up with each other while we shopped. Once we finished shopping, we continued chatting with some food and drinks downtown at Inoz’s. It was so pleasant with more live music and great food.

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As always, I love hanging out with friends and exploring new things. I can’t wait for our next adventure!

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Wimberely Market Days is open the first Saturday of the month, March-December, from 7:00-4:00pm. So get a group of friends together and check out Wimberely Market Days next month!

Girls Trip to Round Top, TX

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This past weekend, we took a girls trip to antique week in Round Top, TX. I joined my mom, grandmother, and my grandmother’s best friend since grade school for this fun trip.  It was definitely something I have never seen before. Round Top, and several surrounding towns were full of tents and vendors. Everywhere you looked, there was somewhere to shop.

Round Top’s antique week happens twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Round Top is actually a series of small towns that set up hundreds of vendors for two weeks. There are thousands of people here shopping during that time. Normally, the population is about 90 people in Round Top. But when it’s antique week, the population turns in to about 30,000.

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While a majority of the shops were antiques, there was great jewelry, clothing and furniture booths too. I’m not a big antique shopper, but the way items were set up and displayed was something to enjoy.

My main role on the trip was co-pilot. My mom and grandma studied and planned certain areas we were going to shop, and I had to help us get there.

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This event has a very thick magazine that lists most of the vendors that will be at antiques week. It also provided a very wide map that was our best friend by the end of the trip.

I bought a few things throughout the weekend, but my favorite part of the trip were the memories we made. There were a lot of laughs, some great food, and great views with the spring flowers blooming amongst the hills.

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Similar shirt:JCrew | Jacket: GAP | Tights: JCrew | Shoes: New Balance | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Purse: Two Bar West

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Hat: Ralph Lauren | Shirt: Red Raider Outfitters | Vest: Columbia | Pants: Nike | Shoes: New Balance

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My mom’s hat: Ralph Lauren | Mom’s shirt: GAP

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After my Round Top experience, I have a few tips to share:

  • Take a basket or cart to keep your purchases. We had a foldable basket that we took everywhere.
  • Bring snacks and water. Because these are small towns, there are not a lot of gas stations or restaurants around. It was easy to throw those in our basket as well.
  • Wear comfy clothes and shoes. You will see everything, from sweats to skirts and heels. But with all of the walking, you won’t want your feet to let you down.
  • Get a fried pie! I’m not the biggest fried pie fan, but there was a food truck that made fresh fried pies. They had a TON of flavors, and usually ran out every day. They are located in the Blue Triangle section.

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I hope you all have the opportunity to visit Round Top someday. Happy Traveling!