Cupcakes and Sunshine: May 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

the best of summers!


Hello!
It's WEDNESDAY! Humpday is here and we are almost to the weekend. sort of. (: Although it is summertime, I feel my schedule is more packed with school and work than it has been yet! But summer still feels like freedom. and ice-cream. lots and lots of ice-cream. (<---this is a summer theme I never want to go away)

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite summertime memories ever! So sit back, relax, and get ready for some pretty funny (& really embarrassing) throwbacks as well.We'll do a little time travel through the summers starting with last summer.

Last summer was one of my favorite summers ever. I knew some big changes were on their way with a big move to Texas post-graduation, but I spent the summer in Athens, Georgia (& well-Disney World) before hopping in my car and heading to Dallas.


Last summer seriously feels like yesterday, but it was the sweetest time soaking up final days with college friends and working at Athens Church before moving to Dallas. Midnight runs to Kroger for ice-cream, daily Target and Chick-fil-A trips on our work breaks (ha!), a good friend got married and we danced the night away. I wasn't looking forward to last summer, thinking it would be quite an ordinary one, but it ended up being one of my favorite summers ever just soaking up every last minute in Athens. 

College summers: 
I worked a lot throughout summers in college, but looking back through old photos, I'm so so thankful for all the travel opportunities in between!

My favorite trips were the ones to Haiti:


Absolutely unforgettable memories in the country that has my heart!

One summer, my friend Kelsie's family was living in Hawaii, and invited me to visit:



everything about that trip was like a dream! 


New York: I went to New York a few summers in college, and even considered living there when I first began school. (it was on my bucketlist to live in a big city sometime in life- and now I'm here in Dallas! Crazy!) A couple of times, I went as graduation presents from family (thanks Aunt Susu & Uncle Rog & Gma Anne- Wow!) And another time, I went on a mission trip with CRU to the Big Apple!


Chicago!! I almost totally forgot Chicago because this one was such a surprise trip!



I interned at Athens Church one summer, and each year there is a surprise summer trip. We had our bags packed and knew wherever we'd end up that day, we'd have a good time- the next thing I knew we were told we were heading to the airport and on our way to Chicago!


High School summers: 
In high school, I traveled to Italy with my school and some of my high school besties. I started a baking business (where all the baking began!) to be able to go on this trip, and it was one I'll never forget!




High School summers were also full of baseball games, beach, and camping trips with cousins:



Old School Summers:
I talk about Georgia a lot, but SURPRISE! I'm a fake Georgian. I actually grew up in a super small town in Florida with just a couple stop lights, and a lot of sweet tea.

Cue embarrassing summer throwbacks:


(hahaha- what in the world?^^)
I really did spend many summers four wheeling through Florida swamplands- ha!

also this one:

 Hahaha. Oh boy.

But these are some fun ones!!!



What were some of your favorite summer memories?
Happy day, friends!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Share an Ice Cold Coca-Cola Poolside this Summer!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola™ Company, all opinions are mine alone. #BestSummerMemories #CollectiveBias#ad

SUMMER IS HERE! All capital letters necessary, because I really don't think I can be more excited about it. Summer just feels like freedom and spontaneity and good times. We've already made a summer bucketlist and have decided that maybe it should just stay summer forever!

This is my first Texas summer though, and I hear it gets hot, hot, hot. So we decided to kick off the summer memories and check our first pool day off the list!


As a former Georgia girl, Coca-Cola™ is near and dear to my heart. Both Coca-Cola and I call Georgia home! So I was super excited to work with Coca-Cola to throw a refreshing summer pool party and to share ice cold Cokes poolside with friends! I really couldn't imagine a summer without Coca-Cola: for as long as I can remember, it has been a summertime staple!


Of course, a pool party is no fun by yourself, so I invited a few of my favorite friends to the party with personalized bottle invitations via text!


Share a Coke is back and 1000+ names are now available on Coca-Cola bottles, now including first AND last names!



Throwing this party together was quick and easy.

On the way home from work, I ran into my CVS...


(CVS is the perfect place to pick up the bottles for on-the-go moments like heading to the beach, going to summer concert festivals, etc!), grabbed personalized Coca-Cola bottles (in the refrigerated section across from the chips/cookies- 2 for $3 with CVS card!!), headed home to pack a few snacks in the cooler,

 and then we went straight to the pool.


 Ice Cold Coca-Cola is the best refreshment to be shared during Summer’s hottest moments!


Ice cold Coca-Cola cheers to many more spontaneous pool days and summer fun to come!  

For more summer fun inspiration with Coca-Cola, click HERE!

Friday, May 19, 2017

10 More Things to do in Dallas, Texas!



It is absolutely blowing my mind that I have been in Dallas for almost a year! This has been the fastest year yet. Graduation truly feels like yesterday, and I'm pretty sure I can still remember almost every detail of that week!


Time is flying, for sure!

After my first trip to Dallas when visiting the city for the very first time before moving here, I posted this blogpost about things to do in Dallas:

http://www.cupcakesandsunshine.com/2015/11/sweet-travels-dallas-travel-guide.html

But since my one year Dallas-iversary is approaching, I thought I'd share ten more things that you must do in and around Dallas (and 10 more things still on my Dallas bucketlist!)

So here are ten MORE things to do in Dallas! 10 things 2.0!



Lower Greenville:

Lower Greenville has become one of my very favorite places in Dallas! And we live super close by, so we are here often. I had to break up the list a little because I think lower Greenville deserves a couple must-do listings of its own:

1.The Truck Yard is an area in Lower Greenville with a variety of food trucks and we hang here a lot! There is lots of mix-matched furniture, sometimes live music, and of course- all the food trucks. cheesecake, gyros, pizza, ice-cream. It's a fun place!


2. HG Sply Co,



Steel City Pops,
& JOY Macarons...


are all in Lower Greenville and I believe are restaurants that deserve their own listing. Sundown at Granada is further down Greenville, but is also one of my favorite restaurants that I've visited since being here.


And hey! Hang around lower Greenville, and you may run into Flo Rida!


3. See a Ranger's Game: Nothing really says summer like baseball and sunshine. I used to go to Brave's Games every year, but now I've turned into a Ranger's fan! (Braves, you'll always have my heart too though!!) I'm becoming a true Texan. When in Dallas!


4. Trinity Groves: Trinity Groves is an area of alternating restaurants near downtown Dallas. It's a little pricey (we share meals and maybe will only get appetizers), but still a cool area to check out. Not to mention Kate Weiser chocolates and Cake Bar are there. I'm a big fan.

5. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge: 


The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is the perfect place to see the city and soak in the sun. It's located right next to Trinity Groves, so after you eat all the chocolates at Kate Weiser, you can walk it all off as you check out the bridge. Haha!

6. White Rock Lake: I LOVE White Rock. So much.


It is so close to home that I'm there almost everyday! I've caught a glimpse of the best sunrises and sunsets at White Rock, and it is a great place to walk or ride bikes.


or roller blade.


or hammock.

You do have to watch out for the hard-core bicyclers though. They mean business.

7. Magnolia Market and Silos


We visited here for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it was so great!



We were crossing our fingers we'd run into Chip and Jo,



but now we just have to visit again since we could not find them. :)



The market is so fun to walk around, there are many food trucks, fun games, and of course- the bakery! Definitely add this to your Texas bucketlist.

8. Velvet Taco & Twisted Root

When friends come into town, there are two food stops that happen before the trip is up.
1. Velvet Taco:


and 2. Twisted Root.


Velvet taco has my favorite queso ever! I usually order the Rotisserie Chicken taco or the Tikka Taco. And Twisted Root has the best burgers! I always order the Verde burger with bbq sauce.

9. The State Fair:

Before we know it, it will be fall and the Texas State Fair will be back! It is HUGE in Texas. Absolutely huge. Everything is fried and wonderful. And I think going to the fair may be a new annual tradition.

10. Deep Ellum
Deep Ellum is an arts neighborhood in Dallas. There are lots of restaurants and fun shops and live music, but we go for the free (sometimes old-school gangsta rap) yoga on Saturdays!




Woo!! We've done a lot in a year, but I think things to do in Texas are endless! Here are ten more things I want to do on my Texas list-

Things still on my Texas to-do list:

1. Dallas Zoo
2. Reunion Tower
3. Fort Worth Stockyards
4. Big Bend
5. Austin
6. Houston
7. Klyde Warren Park
8. Dallas Arboretum
9. Dallas Cowboys game
10. Sixth Floor Museum

If you're in Dallas, let me know your favorite places to visit! Happy travels, friends!

Want to check out more travel guides?

10 Things to do in Athens, GA

http://www.cupcakesandsunshine.com/2015/12/sweet-travels-athens-georgia-ten-things.html

10 Things to do in Greenville, SC: 

http://www.cupcakesandsunshine.com/2015/11/sweet-travels-downtown-greenville-sc.html 





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