Monday, September 16, 2019

hello from Rebel

Hello my name is Rebel, and I'm the four legged boss around here. My mom decided to give me free reign of the blog today to tell you a little about myself.

I'm about 3 years old; we don't know my exact age because my dad adopted me in Colorado. I'm part black lab and part terrier (we think). My mom says it doesn't matter what I'm a mix of because I clearly got the best parts of each. Even though I'm 3 and full grown everyone thinks I look like a black lab puppy, it's probably because I get plenty of beauty sleep, that's what mom says makes her skin look nice.

My favorite treats are when dad makes me my own mini cheeseburger or there is leftover steak. Mom and dad say I get the extras because they're too full to finish, but I know it's really because I'm their favorite. As a thank you I always reward them with licks and the joy of giving me belly rubs. Speaking of belly rubs they're my favorite way to start the day! Mom and dad get up and start getting ready for the day, but I don't need to put on clothes so I get in their big bed and wait for my daily rubs. My other favorite activities are playing with sticks and barking at the squirrels in my backyard and taking naps with my stuffed penguin Penny.

I'm not a big fan of people. Mom and dad think my first humans must not have loved me very much and that's why I'm scared of people I don't know. So if you ever see me in public please use restraint and do not try to pet me. I'm very cute so I know it's hard. I do love other dogs! Mom and dad say they may get me a puppy sibling next year and I can't wait!

Well I guess that's about all there is to know about me!

Friday, September 6, 2019

fall 2019 bucket list

I know it's still technically summer and one look at the temperatures here in Dallas will quickly remind me that, but with the first week of September I'm looking forward to fall! I've always said summer is my favorite season, but TBH I am so ready for fall this year. We've got crunchy leaves in the driveway and football on the weekends; the only thing left is the temperatures to drop to double digits. Here are some things I have to look forward to this season, a fall 2019 bucket list per se

1. Get married - only 50 days to go!
2. Enjoy Washington DC for my honeymoon - please send all romantic suggestions my way!
3. Watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - my favorite Halloween movie
4. Bake a pumpkin pie - preferably after my wedding so my dress fits
5. Go to an Ole Miss football watch party - we may not win a game, but we never lose a party
6. Try a new food at the State Fair - I've got my eye on the stuffed fried taco cone
7. Win a fantasy football game - I'm in two leagues so fingers crossed this will happen at least once
8. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon weekend - Is it even fall if you don't binge watch Harry Potter?

What's on your fall 2019 bucket list?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Current Netflix Watch List

Hello happy Friday friends! My office is closed today for the long weekend, so I really have an extra long holiday weekend. Tyler has to work so we don't have any plans other than staying home and out of the heat. I should probably work on wedding details (less than 60 days to go!) but I'll probably mostly watch Netflix. We don't have cable and only stream, but I have this idea that I want to have less streaming services to consolidate more. That means I need to watch everything on Netflix before we drop it. I don't know if this is an idea from a good place of wanting to save money and be minimalistic, or just my excuse to watch more Netflix. So if you're like me and planning to spend your weekend in the AC here's my current Netflix watch list

1. Glow - This is what I'm currently watching on Netflix. The third season picks up where the second ended with the ladies taking their show to Vegas. I'm only a few episodes into the new season, but so far it's as good as the first two.

2. No Good Nick - I stumbled upon this Netflix original series when I was looking for something to watch alone the other day and I'm so glad I did! The premise is that a girl goes to live with a family in an attempt to con and rob them. Melissa Joan Hart plays the mom so you know it's good! The characters are equally likable and unlikeable which makes it feel more real.

3. The Good Place - The new season recently was added to Netflix so now is the time to watch this if you haven't already. Simply put, The Good Place is the smartest show currently on television.

4. Gilmore Girls - It always feels like fall/winter when I watch Gilmore Girls so its the perfect time to start a rewatch of this one. I've seen this one so many times, but always feel a little different each time I watch it. This last time around I found Rory more and more unlikeable and Emily my favorite.

Prime Bonus : Suits - We're currently about a season and a half into this one and loving it so far. I'm not a huge Megan Markle fan, Price Harry is my OG celebrity crush, so I was a little hesitant to watch this one. But I remember wanting to watch this when it originally aired so I decided to give it a try.

Stars Bonus : Outlander - You can watch the first two seasons of Outlander on Netflix but I'd avoid that unless you have access to Stars streaming for the other seasons. After binging the first two seasons in record time I desperately looked around to find someone who could share their Stars streaming login with me! Fiancé and I watch this one together which is good because it's easy to miss details so having two sets of eyes on the screen is good.

What are you currently watching? Do you favor Netflix or another streaming service? Anyone else counting down to the release Disney+!?

Monday, August 26, 2019

summer 2019 playlist

If you're anything like me you've listened to the new Taylor Swift album approximately 500 times since it was released on Friday. My love of Taylor Swift is well documented here on the blog so I anticipate Lover to be on repeat for the foreseeable future; I Forgot that You Existed and Paper Rings are my early favorites from this album. Before I dive headfirst into Tswift's new musical genius I wanted to share my summer 2019 playlist.

What songs have you loved this summer?

Monday, August 5, 2019

Dior : From Paris to the World at the Dallas Museum of Art

I love art museums and am always excited when I get the chance to visit one. I've wanted to visit the Dallas Museum of Art since moving last year but just never got around to it until now. My younger sister used some free flight vouchers to come visit for a long weekend and I thought it was the perfect time to play tourist in my own town! The highlight of our weekend was a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art for their special Dior exhibit - Dior: From Paris to the World

Admission to the museum as a whole is complimentary, but you do have to purchase a ticket to visit the Dior exhibit. These tickets are timed to ensure there are never too many people in at once and cost $25ish depending on when you visit. We arrived about 20 minutes before our scheduled time and easily parked in the attached garage. We toured a smaller exhibit first and then got in line for the main  attraction!

To say this exhibit is stunning is no exaggeration; it is literally stunning! Even if you don't know much about fashion you can appreciate that these looks are works of art. The first part of the exhibit is set up so you can see the differences between the different heads of the fashion house.  It was so interesting to see how each era was different and influenced by the culture of the times.

The true star of the exhibit is a central room with looks along both sides from floor to ceiling. You walk in a line along the outside of the room so you get a chance to see them all from up close. At the end of the room is the celebrity wall which houses some of the dresses celebrities have worn, including the dress Jenifer Lawrence wore when she won the Oscar and tripped.

The other part of the exhibit displays looks by colors and themes. The final room's theme were famous paintings where the dresses were displayed with works from Monet and O'Keefe. The dresses were so beautiful you almost missed these other works of art on the wall!

If you haven't seen it yet, get to the DMA ASAP because this exhibit is only around until September 1!

Friday, August 2, 2019

5 tips for traveling for work

I'm very fortunate to get the opportunity to travel for work on occasion. I'm a meeting planner for an association, and because our membership is spread throughout the country (world really!) we hold most of our conferences in different locations. This year we had two conferences that traveled and are adding two more in 2020! When you combine these trips with the pre-planning trips it's safe to say the majority of my travel in the last year has been for work.

I was actually on one of these work trips last week which gave me the idea for this post! Not many people travel for work and it certainly wasn't something they covered in any of my college classes. Here are 5 tips for traveling for work that I've learned in the last year!

1. Have a clear understanding of what expenses are covered - Your transportation and hotel will obviously be covered, but do you need to make your own arrangements or will someone else make those? Are you restricted to a certain airline or able to fly the one of your choice? Will you be reimbursed for checked baggage and parking at the airport or do you need to carryon and plan to Uber? What meals are covered and do you have a daily or meal by meal budget? It's also important to know what documentation you need to provide to be reimbursed and how soon you need to turn in your expense report.

2. Know your responsibilities - Before any new work project you probably ask "what is expected of me and what do I need to be successful in attaining that goal" a work trip should be the same way! Having clear expectations of your responsibilities will ensure you're an asset on the trip and allowed to keep traveling!

3. Ask about your wardrobe early - My office is t-shirt and yoga pants casual dress code, but obviously this wouldn't be okay to wear while representing the association. Do you need to dress the same you would in the office? Can you dress more casual for the travel day? Should you plan casual clothes for after hours dinners? These are all things you need to consider before packing you bag. Be sure to ask early enough that you can do some shopping if you don't already have what you need!

4. Prepare an "out of office" response - Just because you're not physically at your desk doesn't mean  work stops. Take the time to set an "out of office" reply to include an emergency backup and when you'll be returning to the office. Don't forget to add a temporary message to your voicemail too!

5. Give yourself time to recover - Traveling for work is exciting, but it's also tiring. Between possible time differences, travel delays, and long work days it all takes a toll on your body and it's important to take time to recover when you're home. If you have to return to work the next day ask if you can come in a little later to sleep in or leave a little early. If you have the weekend to refresh before returning to work, make sure you take time to refresh for a new week. And no matter how much time you have to prepare these tips for returning from vacation can also be applied to traveling for work!

What are your tips for traveling for work?

Monday, July 15, 2019


Popping in today to share a few things currently going on in my life

Watching.... I just finished season two of Outlander on Netflix and am trying to figure out how to watch the other seasons. Anyone have a suggestion? In the meantime we're rewatching Gilmore Girls and That 70s Show

Listening.... I discovered an old Dixie Chicks CD in my car and have had it on repeat since. Who else is excited they're making new music!?

Reading....A random library book. I shared that I'm way behind on my reading goal for the year, but I'm hoping to turn that around soon. Last time I went to the library I went in without a plan and ended up with some pretty random reads. Hopefully one of these better catches my interest.

Wanting.....Nothing from the Nordstrom sale. Is it just me or is the sale just not that great this year? It also doesn't seem like other bloggers are pushing it as hard this year which probably helps with the FOMO. I did just buy this super cute Amazon sundress though that I highly recommend if you're itching to make a purchase.

Anticipating....My birthday in two weeks! I also have a big work trip later this week, so lots to look forward to before the end of July.

What's currently going on in your life?