Give Thanks DIY Project















1 long wooden plank

white paint

orange paint

brown paint

large sentinel letters

medium sentinel letters

sand paper

round paint brushes

medium paint brush- I used this one

thin paint brush

This project is really easy and turns out super cute! I got this piece of wood in the ‘sale’ section next to the wood cutter at Lowe’s. At the time I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but it was so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. Thanksgiving has always been on of my favorite holidays, so when I realized I didn’t have a decoration for the front porch, I decided to make something. For me personally, I love arts and crafts and making things on my own versus buying something at the store. For this project, I got to spend some time with my pups on the porch on a perfect fall day; for me the definition of perfection! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

STEP 1: Sand down wooden plank

STEP 2: Paint board white with medium brush – 2 light layers to get the distressed look

STEP 3: Use medium stencils to spell out the word “GIVE” and paint with round brush (dabbing gets the job done the cleanest when using stencils)

STEP 4: Use large stencils to spell out word “THANKS” again using round brush

STEP 5: Once completely dry, use small brush to touch up any areas

STEP 6: Sand edges of the board to complete the distressed look

Mad for Plaid at The Pearl





















DRESS: Sold out / Similar

VEST: Dottie Couture

BOOTS: Charlotte Russe

HAT: Charlotte Russe


I am definitely mad for plaid this fall! After we shot this outfit, we decided to go check out the Pearl Brewery Farmer’s Market. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly suggest you do! It was our first time going and it was the perfect little day date. We assumed that because it is a farmer’s market, pets wouldn’t be allowed, but when we got there several people had their dogs.  The market has a bunch of different vendors, live music, and delicious fresh food and drinks. I got a blueberry lemon filled coffee cake ring, as well as a freshly squeezed lemonade, and it was amazing. Tyler got a chicken florentine crepe that we split. It was a perfect, cool morning, but it started to heat up as noon approached so I decided not to wear the hat or vest.

The dress is sold out, but Dottie has a similar dress that comes with a belt AND it’s on sale! Who doesn’t love a sale?! The dress is originally $56 and is on sale for $30. They also just added a Similar dress and it is very cute! This vest is a must for your wardrobe. It is lined with faux fur and is seriously the softest! You can wear it with almost any outfit and is perfect to layer on those chilly days. The hat is another must for your wardrobe, as it adds statement to almost any outfit. Even if you think you can’t pull off hats, I would try this hat out. I have never personally been a hat person, but once you find the right hat and angle, you’ll fall in love. The boots are one of my favorites. I got them when Charlotte Russe was having an amazing sale: buy one pair of shoes, and get the second for $10. I got another pair of the same value, so I got these amazing boots for only 10 bucks!! They are also currently available online for $25. I highly recommend shopping at Charlotte Russe for your shoes. They always have amazing deals and adorable shoes. Currently all of their shoes are $25 or less! I like to wear boot socks with my “knee high boots” because my knees look a little funky and squished. The ones I’m wearing are currently on sale for less than $2, and are extremely soft and comfy.

Tequila Sunrise





















Yesterday we went on one of our many family hikes at Comanche Lookout Park. I lived in San Antonio for 4 years during college and never even knew of this park until I moved back. Not only is this park a beauty, but it has history! This park has the 4th highest point in Bexar County, which was used by Native Americans for warfare and hunting. One of the lookout posts still remains and is an awesome sight to see.

This park has both paved and non-paved trails, and a good number of benches to sit and enjoy the views. This park is dog friendly, which is a must for us! One of the reasons I hate going to the gym, is the fact that I have to leave our dogs (children) at home. I almost always turn my hikes into a more intense workout, so I can be with the dogs :). Working out with your dogs outside not only makes it more fun, but it makes it feel like less of a work out. Our normal route is to take the non paved path to the right of the main entrance. It is elevated and takes you right up to a pretty cool view with a bench if you need a rest.

A bit farther past the bench is a paved path, off to the right, where I do 50 lunges. I can definitely already feel the burn at this point! As you continue past the lookout post, there are some straight-a-ways that are good for sprinting and racing the pups. Layla is almost 9 months old, so she is a big ball of energy right now. Any chance she gets to run and chase us, she takes it and absolutely loves it. I usually try to do at least 5 20-second sprints each hike.

The highest point at this park has some benches to sit and relax and enjoy the spectacular views. I do 50 more lunges on the route back to the car. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, do your lunges on the non paved paths! Comment your favorite spots to hike in San Antonio! Thanks for reading! 🙂

Halloween 2015

head piece

halloween 2015

layla and nala halloween

susan and I halloween 2015

the girls and I

selfie halloween 2015

fringe dress 5

fringe dress 2

fringe dress 3

fringe dress

fringe dress 6

DRESS: Dottie Couture

BLACK BOOTIES: Sold out / Similar

BEIGE BOOTIES: Sold out /  Similar

TAN BOOTIES: Dottie Couture

NECKLACE: Similar / Kendra Scott

I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween this year! Tyler and I decided to be an Indian and a Cowboy at the last minute. We ended up putting the majority of our time into our dogs’ halloween costumes and because we’ve been having a Star Wars marathon, we decided to dress Nala up as Yoda, and Layla as Princess Leia.

If you love fringe as much as I do, this dress is perfect. It doubles as a costume and the material is unbelievably soft! I paired it with 3 different booties to give y’all some different options. I got the necklace several years ago at Charming Charlie, but I linked similar necklaces that they are currently selling! I made the headpiece myself in under 20 mins with less than $10 worth of supplies from Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Monday! 🙂