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TGFM- Thank God For Momma

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This weekend my momma is coming to town and I am so excited! It has been awhile since we have had a  “girls weekend” filled with good shopping, good food and great wine. Yesterday I said I was a daddy’s girl. Welp, today I am a momma’s girl. Some things never change? Regardless, my momma and I get along well and always have — aside from the b*tchy teen years. Sorry about that, mom. Happens to the best of us. Anyways, I cannot wait to spend the weekend with her. It’s great when she comes it town because it is an excuse to escape “my Dallas” and jump into different “getaway Dallas.” I don’t have the itch to go out to bars or see everyone. I can lay low and just be. I always need a weekend “away” everyone once in a while! A little R&R with my momma is exactly what I need!! Now another positive aspect of momma coming to town: we have very similar taste in clothes so it tends to work out well when we go shopping together. This weekend we might also make a quick stop by Dry Bar for a little refreshing hair-do. And it wouldn’t be fair to have great hair & keep it cooped up inside– so we made reservations at Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. I cannot wait to cross this restaurant off my Dallas foodie list!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

xx, MEB

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New Year, New Rule.

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If you ask me New Years resolutions are designed for you to fail. I mean realistically, how many of you have actually kept a resolution going for longer than 3 months? Not me — that is for sure. I am just not one of those people that can stay committed to something for that long. I am a phase kind of gal. I go through phases like you wouldn’t believe. My mother can attest to this. Therefore, this year after twenty-two something years of making “resolutions” I have decided that a change (read: rule) is necessary. [Rule #1: This year I will make goals rather than resolutions.] Goals seem much more attainable. After all, I want something that can be accomplished and I will be proud to cross off my list come 2014.

I know I am little behind on posting my “resolutions” but whatever, sue me. Here are a few that I’ve been working on and wanted to share with you:

– find a hobby — I don’t know why this is so hard but it’s been on my mind for awhile. I want to find something I can become passionate about. I am currently borrowing my father’s DSLR camera to see if I want to dive back into photography.
– eat organic — whether I like to admit it or not, I am a health freak. Not so much that my life is consumed by it but being healthy and living well has always sparked an interest. I know eating organic is much better for my body so I figure, why not?
– buy classics, don’t just settle for spontaneous sale items — this is a no-brainer. Saving money and being practical about purchases could never hurt.
– teach the dog a new trick — he is turning 3 in April and I think it’s time he learn something new.
– make an educated decision about the blog— i can officially check off my first goal!! With yesterday marking the day I made a decision to get back into blogging.
– make 5 new friends — i know this may sound odd but I am finally getting settled and Dallas is starting to finally feel like home. However, I love meeting new people and think that it would be great to gain some new friends in Dallas. I’m looking forward to seeing this goal develop!
– volunteer — give back!
– cook a meal at least once a week— so far, so good. On Sunday the boyfriend and I made chili and tonight’s menu includes stuffed bell peppers!
– witness something truly amazing— i am hoping this happens before Summer 2013 but if it doesn’t, I know that come July (my big brother is getting married!) I will have witnessed something wonderful.

These are just a few of the goals I have been working on so far. I have a full page in the back of my new calendar dedicated to these bad boys and I cannot wait to start checking them off! Wish me luck! Does anyone have similar goals? Or different ones that they want to share?!

Have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB


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The Beginning…Again

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I’ve been “ignoring” my blog— it’s not really ignoring when I think about it daily— for about 1.5-2 weeks now. I wish i could say I had an excuse (does getting the flu count?) but regardless, I’ve been denying my blog the attention it deserves. Lately, I just haven’t been motivated to write but with 2013 now in full effect, I realized that it is time I make an educated decision about Tasteful {ness}. I am going to try and make a commitment of blogging 3-4 times a week. I want to be able to post every day but I just don’t think I have the time or the material right now. So here is to a brand new start in 2013. Full of good food, lots of fun, and a bunch of tasteful things in the future!! Thanks for sticking around :)

 

xx, MEB


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Cue, 2013.

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2012. When I look back on the past year it amazes me how much has happened. I graduated from college, I started my first job in the workforce, I took on financial responsibility that I never really thought was possible, I’ve been asked by my wonderful and amazing soon-to-be sister-in-law to be her Maid of Honor, I marked year numero tres in a wonderful relationship with a man I love, and I’ve grown more as an individual than ever before.

This past year has been one for the books without question. Its been full of so many emotions and blessings, not to say there hasn’t been bumps in the road along the way. I don’t think it would have been a memorable year without everything that has occurred. It’s all about what you learn these experiences though, right? Some things I learned over the past year:

+ pay the bill as soon as you get it, don’t delay the inevitable
+ don’t be fooled— dogs are great, vet bills are not
+ family is most important— more of a reassurance seeing as I already knew this
+ best friends are rare, but keep them close when you find them
+ also, no matter the distance between best friends, the good ones will always be there
+ champagne gives the worst hangovers
+ don’t be afraid to over-indulge
+ pay day is always the best day
+ it’s not always about want, instead, focus on need
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work hard & play hard — balance is key
+ the right song can fix any problem, for a few minutes anyways
+ it’s okay to simply trust your instincts
+ wearing heels from 8am-6pm will never end well
+ anything is possible

Yes, I know — that is just scratching the surface but there was a lot to be learned this year! From graduating to starting a new life in a new city there are many things that I have picked up along the way. 2012 was good to me, to my family, and to my friends. I am blessed to have such amazing people in my life and I am looking forward to everything that 2013 has in store for me. I hope everyone had a wonderful night celebrating the countdown to a new year!

Have an amazing day and cheers to 2013!!

xx, MEB


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10…9…8… Don’t Be Late!

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“You don’t have to be rich to sparkle,” how perfect does that describe my night tonight?! I may not be high-rollin’ but I can still put on a sparkly dress paired with some fabulous jewels and have a fantastic night! Whatever you’re doing tonight, staying in or going out… have fun! It’s the end of the year and this is the time to celebrate everything that’s happened over the past year — good or bad. Take a break from worrying and just enjoy yourself… and a few cocktails. Doctor’s orders. I’ll be out in Dallas tonight and I can’t wait for my first NYE in the “Big D!” I feel like I am bound to have a good night, right?? Yes, I think so! Cheers to a great 2012 and even better 2013!!

See you next year!! :)

xx, MEB

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Holiday Party Cheers!

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Tonight I am going to my first big-girl holiday party! I am so excited! As you can imagine, I have been planning my outfit for weeks. Green pleated dress with a sequin underlay and belted at the waist. I got the cutest Kate Spade earrings (on sale @ the APoT blogger event a few weeks back!) that I think will compliment the dress perfectly. I am trying out the Dry Bar in Dallas for the first time tonight. I figure, why not get all dolled up? After all, the opportunity is rare!

I am very much looking forward to this weekend. Holiday parties with festive cocktails coupled with relaxation and the Chihuly exhibit adds up to a great weekend in my books! With football season coming to an end it means my weekends will finally be spent in Dallas which I could not be more ready for.. finally!

Below are some “skinny” holiday cocktails that I have been dying to create. Cheers!!

Skinny Eggnog
Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Healthy Hot Toddy
Rosemary Pear Sparkler
Voli Hot Cocoa
Pomegranate Champagne Punch
The Skosmopolitan Cocktail
Simply Simple Gingerbread Martini
Spicy Ginger Vanilla Margarita

Have a great weekend!!

xx, MEB


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A Little Love for Chihuly

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Dale Chihuly is amazing beyond words. If you have not seen his exhibit before, you desperately need to find a way to see his work. If you’re into art in the slightest, or even if you’re not — you need to check him out. His exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum  just got extended until December 31st so if you’re in the area I highly suggest you go. It would be a great date night or just something for you and friends to enjoy! It is best to see his sculptures at night when they’re all lit up!! The boyfriend and I have tickets for Sunday and I cannot wait! If you want to go, make sure you buy tickets ahead of time!

Have a wonderful and artistic Tuesday!

xx, MEB