target beauty box review

It comes as no surprise to all of you regular readers that I am a big fan of two things – Target and subscription boxes. So when I learned that Target was doing a subscription-type box you BETTER believe I was all over that πŸ™‚


Each month Target has at least one (if not multiple) beauty boxes that you can order. They announce the new boxes by email and it is usually around the 10th of the month. I has made sure to watch out for the emails each month because they tend to sell out really quickly!! Admittedly I have never looked on the website to see if they’re listed there but I have no doubt they are when they’re available. I have always followed the link straight from the emails announcing them to make my selection.

I just received this month’s box in the mail yesterday and I wanted to share the details with all of you. There were multiple box options this month and I chose to buy the one with a “Rejuvenation” theme because um, that sounds amazing, and 100% like something I need! Each of the box options is fully detailed and shows all of the products that you will get. Some of the products in the box are full size and some are sample size so it’s a nice mix of products to try and you have full transparency up front about what you’re going to get so there is no guess work.

I apologize that the lighting in that picture is so poor but that shows the full break down card of all of the products in the box. It also always comes with a coupon for your next beauty/skin care purchase at Target which is perfect if you end up going to buy more or a full-size version of one of the products if you love it! It’s almost as if Target planned it that way…..hmmm… πŸ™‚

My box from this selection includes a face sheet mask, a 3-day tooth whitening kit, a charcoal body scrub, coconut scented dry shampoo, a foaming mousse body wash, a leave in hair mask, and a facial scrub. I just started the 3-day whitening kit last night and I’m excited to see what the results are over the course of these few days. I am really excited to try out the rest of the products because they are all new to me and the sample sizes give me the perfect preview. That way if there is anything I completely love I can add it to my list for the next time I’m in the store!


I can’t leave without sharing the most important detail about this box which is something I could hardly believe the first time I ordered it….the entire box of products is only $7.99! Yes, you read that right. The price is incredible and encourages you to try without having a worry that you’ll not like any of the products and had spent a big chunk of cash. Also as I mentioned earlier you can see the complete contents of the box before ordering so you can do your research on the products up front so you aren’t surprised.

If you have any questions about the box please don’t hesitate to ask! This is a fun and essentially really low-risk way to try out new beauty products and a fun way to stay “on trend” when it comes to skincare, health, and beauty products πŸ™‚

As always you all rock; thank you so much for reading! Be back again soon!


xoxo Jen

daily harvest review

Hi all! I hope that you enjoyed a sweet weekend. I love Sunday evenings and I’m enjoying writing this post for all of you on my couch while watching the beautiful sunset out my front window.

If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I was up to a few painting projects this weekend so I’ll look forward to sharing some before and afters of those soon πŸ™‚ For tonight I wanted to give you a short review post on the Daily Harvest products I have been trying over the last few weeks!

I learned about Daily Harvest through one of my favorite wellness bloggers on Instagram. They are a company that produces fresh smoothies, overnight oats/oatmeal, and soups that are sent to you in the mail in a big box packed with dry ice to keep them food safe.

This company is on a subscription basis so you can choose a plan based on how frequently you want to receive the cups as well as how many cups you want per box. Similar to other subscription boxes you can skip any weeks that you don’t want to receive an order and can skip as many in a row as you want. I have had two orders come to me so far because I got 9 cups each time. I spaced them out and now I have a fresh box so I probably won’t need to order for awhile!

I have been using the smoothies as either a breakfast option or a quick snack/light supper on nights when I got to either softball or class in the evening. The overnight oatmeal is amazing and a great option to grab out of the fridge and bring to work with me in the morning. I haven’t tried any of the soups yet but down the road I plan to!

Below is a photo of 8 of the 9 cups I Just got in my most recent order. The writing on the cups is small and tough to see the flavors so here is what I ordered:

Smoothiesmango & greens, mango & papaya, cacao & avocado, cold brew & almond, chai & coconut, apples & greens

Overnight oatschocolate & banana


I have always had every intention of being a smoothie/juice queen but have never been able to make combinations work or create great levels of flavor through experimentation. This has been an awesome option for me. I’m hoping that the combinations of the shakes I’ve had so far can inspire me to work on making my own smoothies more often in the future and using this subscription infrequently when I want to stock up for fast options.

Daily Harvest uses only the simplest of ingredients and lists them in large bold type on the side of each cup. I love looking at what’s inside and seeing that the ingredient list is so simple and fresh without added sugars. I am planning to take on another Whole30 in August and I’m looking forward to ordering some possibly compliant smoothies from here for my month! The cup in the photo below has been my favorite so far. I love cold brew coffee and so this combination with added almond milk and blended up is DELICIOUS!

The last thing I want to share is how simple these are to make. Each of them comes in their own single serve cup and they all need to be stored in the freezer (so make sure you have enough room for your order!) When you’re ready to make a cup just take it out of the freezer and take off the cover and plastic over the top. Then you add a liquid of your choice and fill to the top of the cup – I use plain water for some flavors, sometimes I use coconut water, and many of the options are great with almond milk (or any other type of milk of your choosing!) Then you dump the full contents of the cup into your blender and blend it up. Then you can pour it right back in the cup because it fits perfectly πŸ™‚ Each cover has a straw hole in it so you can use a reusable straw and take the cup with you to go!

If you’re interested in checking our Daily Harvest you can head to their website here and see all of the plan options as well as all of their selections for smoothies, oatmeal, and soup. I haven’t come even close to trying all of the flavors so I’m looking forward to getting another order! Also, since I have ordered from Daily Harvest before all of you can use this link to get three cups free on your first order!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. Excited to be back soon with more on my projects from this weekend. Thanks so much for reading!


xoxo Jen

fourth of july preview

Hi, all! I apologize that I’ve been on a short hiatus from a post. School has been crazy so this has gone on the back burner a little bit. I find myself looking more and more forward to graduating and having much more free time to dedicate to creating content and growing my blog.

As a short and sweet preview for one of THE best days of the year on Wednesday I thought I would share my 4th of July outfit as well as my family’s plans πŸ™‚ I always love seeing the fun pictures and events going on around this time of year from my friends and family. With it being a mid-week this year I know it changes lots of people’s plans but I hope many of you are enjoying some lake and family/friend time.

In my family, the Fourth of July is not only America’s birthday it is also my Grandpa Roger’s birthday. Every year we throw a heck of a party to celebrate another year of life for him and it has grown in to quite the celebration. My dad comes from a large family with many siblings so when we get all of us together: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandkids, great-grandkids, dogs…it is quite the group!

We all gather in my hometown and spend the day in my aunt and uncle’s backyard. Everyone MUST come dressed in their Independence Day best. If you don’t wear red, white, and blue I don’t think they would let you in!! We usually kick off the day with a parade down the block with all of the grandkids and dogs with Grandpa leading the charge. Then we head inside to enjoy the smorgasbord of food that everyone contributes. Bratwursts of all flavors from a local meat store are always the main course surrounded by salads, fruit, beans, potato dishes, and much more.


Once we’re all weighed down from our huge meal we head to the backyard where North Dakota’s largest (and most organized) bean bag tournament takes place. My aunt Susan is the commissioner of the tournament so she decides upon the criteria for pairing up people in teams and then creates the bracket for the day. We spend hours back in the sun with 2 different sets of boards in a double-elimination tournament. The stakes are high and sometimes we aren’t the friendliest to each other but it’s all in good fun and that’s what happens when your whole family has a competitive spirit πŸ™‚


The day is capped off with the announcement of the winning teams and everyone gets to make their selection from the prize table in order of their finish in the tournament. The best part of the day comes when Grandpa Roger takes a seat in his lawn chair with his Uncle Sam hat surrounded by his birthday gifts. We all sit back and enjoy watching him open them up as we indulge in homemade ice cream (always in three flavors: one blue, one red, one white – my favorite being the “blue”berry cheesecake) and a selection of cakes – carrot, chocolate….you name it, we probably have it!


As for this year’s outfit: I typically wear a fun sundress but I decided to go a more sporty/casual route this year. I headed to Target for some inspiration (not surprise there!) and found a couple of great items

  • The fun United States flag hat was from Target for $12.99. It will keep the sun out of my eyes while I’m playing and also helps to cover up any possibility of a bad hair day: a win-win situation!
  • This red and white striped short sleeve top is from the Xhilaration brend at Target and was $24.99 but all clothing was 20% off when I was there on Cartwheel so I saved some money that way. I love the fun long tie in the front – knotted and tied shirts are so trendy right now and this shirt will be great to wear all summer long!
  • My navy blue leggings are Calvin Klein activewear brand and are from TJMaxx. I love the criss-cross pattern at the bottom of the back of the legs. It adds fun interest and my bet is that I will get a really interesting tan line from them too (haha!)
  • My manicure and pedicure will both be bright white from Sinful colors – less than $3 at Target. I have become a big fan of white nail polish this summer so I’m expecting to keep the same style throughout the summer. Especially as I get more tan it stands out and looks great with sandals and darker skin.
  • My comfy woven brown sandals are from DSW but they were purchased a couple of summers ago! Really fun for summer and go with practically everything!

I hope that you all have a wonderful 4th of July. I can’t wait to see the fun photos and memories you create on your own adventures πŸ™‚ Be back with more soon and as always, thanks so much for reading!



xoxo Jen

living room refresh

Happy Sunday, everyone πŸ™‚ It feels nice to be back writing new content on a Sunday night again and I am excited to share this with all of you. I had such a great weekend full of outside time, great friends, great music, and all of the great summer spirit: I hope you all had a weekend filled with things that make you smile!

Now that I am coming up on the two year mark in my townhouse (Oh my GOSH) and the three year mark of owning a lot of my living room furniture and dΓ©cor I have been getting the urge to change things up a little bit. The beloved white couch is a non-negotiable and will be with me for as long as possible but everything else surrounding it I thought could use a little refreshing.

I am going to share photos from a few angles with all of the new updates and then any items that are still available in stores and are from stores who have an online presence I will link if you’re interested in scoring any of this yourself!


Couch – my beloved white leather couch was my first “grown up” purchase when I graduated from college and it’s from Furniture Row. Last I checked it’s no longer sold but I was able to find some similar ones on Amazon last time I searched when someone was asking me for a link!

Black and white Amsterdam print – this was an IKEA purchase many years ago (probably close to 10 years ago) and was in my room at my mom and dad’s house in high school. I took it with me to my first apartment out of college and I love the elegant simplicity that it brings to the living room

Rug and yellow accent pillow – both the rug and fun, funky velvet vintage looking pillow are new purchases from Target. Both are from their newest home collection – Opalhouse – which is boho-inspired and has tons of great pieces. The rug was really the starting block for all of the changes in this room as I fell in love with the idea of how mustard yellow accents would look in this room with my stormy blue accent wall.

Bronze lampThis lamp was a recent purchase at Target. I love the adjustable and old school feel to the base and the bronze finish is the look I was going for. I like that its metallic but warm and not shiny

Wall dΓ©cor behind the lamp – the white and wooden patterned picture and the gold metal “sparkle” word art are both fairly recent purchases at Hobby Lobby so they should still be around at your local store!

Curtains – my beautiful cream and metallic patterned curtains were purchased from JcPenney a couple of years ago.

Silver basket – I use the silver basket on the floor for blanket storage. It was an older pale yellow basket I bought at one of the local resale boutiques and I spray painted it silver to match with my more metallic interest


The chair corner was another fun place to add some small new details!

White leather chair – this chair was purchased before I moved in to my freshman year dorm at NDSU. I have a hard time recalling but I believe it was from Ashley Furniture…

Pillows and blanket – the pink faux fur throw is an older purchase from Gordmans. The shaggy style yellow pillow was purchased from TJMaxx just this weekend and the other beautiful neutral and metallic pillow is brand new from Gordmans!

Octagonal wooden table – this amazing side table was a Facebook market score from a family friend who was selling items in a house they are flipping. I LOVED the unique shape and the detailing on the doors. It brings good warmness into the room and matched the tone of the base of the white chair’s legs. It also has a good amount of storage behind the door which is extra helpful!

Table decor – My metallic basket is from the Hearth and Hand collection from Magnolia at Target. I use it for magazine storage! The wax warmer is from Gordmans and the sweet little white vase with light pink flowers is from TJMaxx. The beautiful white faux marble and wood coasters were another recent score from Hobby Lobby!

Bronze lamp – the minute I laid my eyes on this lamp at Target in the store I knew I needed to have it. It was one of the initial inspiration sparks to change up this space. I LOVE the vintage feel and the sleek shape of the glass shade.

Wall decor – the wooden star is something that remained on this wall (just in a new spot!) and it was purchased at Target a couple of years ago. I love that it lights up and also has a 4-hour timer setting. The two other pieces I bought this weekend at Gordmans. I fell in love with the large gold hanging. The geometric and intricate look is unique and its very lightweight to hang. I knew it would be stunning on the stormy blue colored wall. The small white and gold pictures was also found at Gordmans and the quote spoke to me “Fashion Changes. Style Endures.” It’s a good reminder that trends are always changing but having an aura of style is something that sticks with you!



I made some very minor changes to my TV stand and other wall of the living room, too!

TV Stand – this stand is actually an old headboard from a bed that I picked up at a garage sale three years ago after graduating for $5. I painted it myself and thought it would be the perfect piece for a TV stand!

Surrounding decor – the Home Sweet Home print is from one of my favorite North Dakota Etsy sellers. I always love visiting her booth at shows like Art on the Red and the Unglued craft show. Here is a link to her Etsy store – she has a TON of great stuff in fun vintage patterns. The large vase was purchased at Hobby Lobby a few years ago and I filled with some clear vase filler and then wrapped in twine myself. All of the faux floral stems are from Hobby Lobby!

As always, thank you SO much for taking the time to read my content. I loved putting a new twist on this existing room and hope you enjoyed seeing it! Looking forward to sharing more posts with you soon as I have some exciting DIY projects lined up! Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚


xoxo Jen









summer style list

Summer is officially here! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend to kick off the summer season. I have been excited to start breaking out all of the summer clothes; wearing lots of skirts and dresses to work and it feels so great not to have to pair them with leggings and tights like we do for most of the rest of the year!

I wanted to share some of my favorite summer trends and items with each of you that are either on my list or are things I have purchased in advance of summer. You all know that I love to keep my style affordable so everything I’m sharing today is under $30 and all the photos and examples have links you can follow to go directly to the item online πŸ™‚

Slide sandals

Any and all sandals with the wide slide strap are HUGE for this season and so comfortable. I have 4 pairs that I got for the summer: 2 are from Gordmans and are a little on the funkier side. The other 2 pairs are from Target and I got them the other week when sandals were 20% off on Cartwheel. The Target pairs are solid colored and more classic – they will be perfect to wear at work as they are both comfortable but stylish and dressy enough for the office.


The shiny metallic rose gold pair and the floral patterned pair are both from Gordmans and they don’t have an online store so I can’t share links with you! But the light pink pair are from Target and you can find them here. There are multiple colors to choose from and they are only $12.99!! Another bonus is they are velvet-like in texture so they add a fun feel to any look. And here is the link to the black pair. These are extremely comfortable as the bottom is more of a cushioned feeling and they are only $12.99 too so I think you need both pairs!! A great black pair of sandals is a summer necessity for everyone!

Midi skirts with front buttons

This is another one of my favorite trends going on right now. I love longer length skirts as they are perfect for summer heat and can be worn casually as well as dressed up for work/office wear. I have scored a couple on the clearance rack at Target but here are two others that I have my eye on at the moment. One from Old Navy that is a great black and white gingham pattern.Β  I’ve been a little lenient to hop back on the denim skirt trend but this one from Target might change my mind! I love that gingham print and stripes are huge this summer so finding a piece that combines these two trends is perfect πŸ™‚


Funky shaped sunglasses – especially hearts!!

I have been spotting heart shaped sunglasses all over Instagram from some of my favorite influencers so I went in search of a pair of my own! I ordered these cute white ones from Urban Outfitters during the memorial day weekend sale and they were under $10 then but they’re still under $20 right now!! This pink pair is from the online shop of one of my favorite bloggers, Kelly Mindell (@studiodiy). They were just released today and are only $11.99! These will be fun shades to rock this summer when you’re enjoying the lake, hitting up a patio with friends, or just cruising around with the music up and the windows down!



Let me know if you try out any of these fun summer trends. I would love to hear from you! As always thanks so much for stopping by and reading! Be back again soon, have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚


xoxo Jen



magic at magnolia

I’m back with the promised part 2 of my adventures in Texas! As I talked about in myΒ  Adventures in Austin post I spent a majority of my time in Austin but I was fortunate enough that my friend Ryan was willing to hitch me a ride up north to Waco. When I planned my trip to Texas I knew that I wanted to make it to Waco if at all possible so I could spend time in the motherland of all: the Magnolia silos.

I am so thankful that I got to experience this magical little place in Waco and am equally glad I get to share it with all of you. In total, I spent about 2.5 hours there which I found to be a good amount of time. For a frame of reference, I visited on a Monday and it was much busier than I expected it to be. The staff shared that since they are closed on Sundays they tend to see a larger crowd on Mondays (with Tuesday and Wednesday typically being their quieter days!) I also happened to visit the day following the first ever Silo District Marathon so I am assuming some of the crowd was a continuation of that group.

The silos campus includes multiple stops or attractions on the same grounds: The Magnolia Market store, the bakery, a smaller garden shop in the back surrounding by gardens of fresh flowers, a large open turf courtyard with yard games, bean bags, and space to play, and then last (but certainly NOT least) a collection of local food trucks to fill your bellies with delicious food and drinks. { Of note, the Magnolia Table restaurant has recently opened but is not located on the silos grounds so I did not get the chance to check it out}

Out on the grounds they also have plenty of seating and most of it protected from the sun with umbrellas or large overhangs. The grounds are filled with large farmhouse and picnic family-style tables and black & white color schemes. The courtyard where you first enter that serves as a patio for the bakery is filled with sweet black & white patio chairs and offers another place to sit down and relax. And of course it wouldn’t be a true Joanna Gaines space if it wasn’t filled with beautiful plants and greenery. I loved admiring the hanging planters and plants throughout the property to bring lush feeling to the grounds. This big family style table below is where I enjoyed my lunch!


The food options available were so fun to read about and walk around before deciding. As I mentioned above all of the food trucks located on site are local to Waco and have unique offerings that are outside of the box. There was sweet tea, pizza, smoothies, cold brew coffee, grilled cheese, crepes, burgers, sandwiches, and anything else you can imagine! The day I was there was extremely hot (92 degrees and SUNNY!) so I made a stop at the Luna juice bar food truck A) because I couldn’t not eat at a place that shares a name with my sweet puppy and B) a cold smoothie sounded delicious in the hot weather. I got a smoothie that I won’t soon forget….I took a picture of the contents so that I could list them all for you. It was lifechanging and I really want to try making something similar at home but I’ve already accepted the fact that it would be nowhere near as good:

  • banana
  • peanut butter
  • oatmeal
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • cold brew coffee
  • cashew milk

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it!? The coffee gave me a good caffeine boost and the taste was so raw and natural. Since that was basically dessert in liquid form I needed to decided what my main course would be. The decision was fairly easy for me since my love of cheese is so apparent: I went with Cheddar Box gourmet grilled cheese. I got “The Boss” which was basil, bacon, and gouda cheese (my absolute favorite cheese) on grilled sourdough. This sandwich was also life changing and really hit the spot. They’re special salad that day was watermelon and mint which sounded refreshing in the heat so I got some of that too which was the perfect natural compliment to the sandwich and smoothie.


When I first got on the grounds I took my slow stroll through the Magnolia Market store. That was extremely crowded so I didn’t get to enjoy and take my time as much I would have ideally wanted to but I still was able to get through the whole store. They sell more than you would imagine: dΓ©cor of all kinds, cookware, cookbooks, inspiration books, signs, clothing, floral stems, coffee mugs, and the list is endless. I took photos of a few items that inspired me/that I thought would work in my house but since they were larger I knew I didn’t want to purchase as I wouldn’t have been able to take them home with me on the plane.

I didn’t want to leave the silo empty-handed because that didn’t seem right!! So I decided to purchase a cute black and white marble coffee cup to add to my collection at my office as well as a wide strap casual tanktop to wear outside this summer while gardening. I find myself envisioning going back to the silos again someday when it is quieter so that I can spend more quality time in the store and not feel rushed with the masses of people!


Near the back of the property was this fun vintage style jeep that I had a friendly group of women take my picture in front of! This is near the large gardens I mentioned earlier which lead you in to the sweet small garden store at the back. In this separate “store” are only garden related items and so I decided to make a second purchase when I got back there! They had many different types of flower and food seeds packaged and available so I picked some seeds that I planted in my flower bed this past weekend at home.

No Chip and Joanna sightings happened while I was visiting and I also didn’t get the chance to experience the bakery or the treats because the line to get in was so long!! Even with those downfalls my experience was great and I am looking forward to a day when I can make another trip back and try it all again. As always thanks so much for reading along with me πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a wonderful week!


xoxo Jen

Adventures in Austin

I promised I’d be back with the details from the remainder of my vacation I took a couple of weeks ago so here it is! Two of my best friends from college live down in Austin, Texas and I have had it on my radar to visit them. The right time finally presented itself and I hopped on a plane from the St. Louis airport and continued on down south to Austin πŸ™‚

I spent 3 days exploring with my friends and had a fabulous time. Austin really is the fun city that we’ve all heard it to be: filled with unique people, great food, music, and of course some of their famous “weirdness” (keep Austin weird, right!?) Those of you who have followed me for awhile know that when I travel it’s all about the FOOD….so many of my pictures reflect what I ate so I hope that’s ok with all of you!

Our first venture on my first full day was a trip to Oasis Texas Brewing Company, a local brewery that overlooks the manmade Lake Travis. The view was spectacular and only made better by how delicious the beer and food were. It was Cinco de Mayo (woop woop!) so I enjoyed a refreshing and appropriate margarita-inspired beer. The glass was “dressed” with a lime, and cayenne pepper and salt around the rim. We sat at a table closest to the lake and took in the view of the sailboats and yachts.


We were there during the lunch hour so we shared a couple different appetizers that were to die for. First we tried out the fried green beans with the chipotle mayo dip. Perfectly crispy and the dip had just the right amount of heat. Then we went for round two and ordered the housemade chorizo queso. I can’t even find the right words to describe how delicious it was. I am a big queso fan and THAT was queso done right.

The brewery grounds themselves were a sight to see. You were greeted by a unique water tower with the Oasis name and the inside of the courtyard was old-world feeling with mystical patio lights and Spanish-style buildings.

Saturday night we made a venture downtown and I got to check out the Austin night life. We spent time in two different “districts” – the first is called Rainey Street – and was the most unique string of bars I’ve ever been to. A developer bought single family homes lining the street on both sides and turned all of them in to bars so from the outside it looks like a giant string of house parties. Each of the homes serves drinks/beers inside and then in the backyard of each home is a food truck. Completely GENUIS.

I apologize that I don’t have any good pictures from the place we chose on Rainey Street, but we spent our time at Craft Pride. They serve only beer brewed locally in the Lone Star State (52 – yes, fifty two – different Texas beers on tap) and their backyard food truck serves Detroit style pizza that was two thumbs up.

After Rainey, we headed to the infamous 6th Street. It was PACKED especially with the college crowd so we spent some time people watching and enjoyed another cocktail on a rooftop patio high above all of the craziness. Before heading back to their house we made a pit stop at Voodoo Doughnuts and I’m so glad we did. We each picked two doughnuts – one for a nighttime snack and one for breakfast!! I went with a captain crunch doughnut and a butterfinger doughnut. Both were as incredible as they sound and I’m glad I got to experience a place I’ve seen and heard a lot about from those who have visited the locations in Portland and Denver!

On Sunday we got to experience both of my favorite parts of the trip: wine tasting at a local winery’s tasting room AND spending time at the dog park – and not just a regular old Lincoln park dog park….

Grape Creek winery is a winery that my friends are members of so they took me to a small town near Austin that has a tasting room (versus driving the hour and a half to the actual winery). We were able to choose 6 wines from their selection and taste. It was my first experience with a formal wine tasting and it was really interesting to compare and contrast the offerings. After our tasting we ordered a bottle for the three of us to share and took it out to the beautiful covered patio attached to the tasting room. It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon and enjoy being outside.


That afternoon we rounded up their sweet pup, Pike, the one year old red lab and took him to their favorite local dog park. As I mentioned above this was no normal dog park….it’s called Dog House Drinkery. The dog park not only serves beer but also employs people who monitor the dogs’ interactions within the park that is comfortable filled with seating options such as lawn chairs, picnic tables, and big shade umbrellas. You can pull up a chair and spend the whole afternoon watching your dog play and enjoying a few cold beers. Truly heaven if I’ve ever experienced it. The cherry on top was the fact that there was a local artist playing guitar and singing just outside the dog park gate so it added even more to the ambience. I now am in the process of thinking how I can bring something similar to Grand Forks because WHY NOT!?


I was elated to be able to keep the can koozie as a memento of that magical afternoon and will always think of it fondly when I’m enjoying a beer at home on my own patio this summer.

The rest of my time with my dear friends was filled with trivia, pool time, lounging in the backyard, telling stories, reminiscing on our college days at NDSU, and much more. I also took another little side trip – – well more like BIG side trip – – which if you follow me on Instagram (@sugarspiceandstylethatsnice) you already know a little bit about. In the interest of time and because there is so much content from that short side trip I am going to save that for it’s own post that I’ll share this weekend so keep your eyes peeled πŸ™‚

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read. I love sharing my travels with all of you and I hope if you are planning any time in Austin yourself sometime soon that these recommendations will be helpful to you! I’ll see you this weekend with more Texas adventure details in another post.


xoxo Jen