Sunday of Summer

August is like the {Sunday of summer} – trying to squeeze everything in before the chill of fall sets in.  I’m taking advantage of each sunshine-filled day that’s left!  I’ve gone on some great {adventures} this summer and look forward to packing in a few more!  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Summer 2014

1. Crossing {homemade martini} off my 25-year bucket list with these mango cosmos

2. Luke Bryan at {CUSA}

3. Birthday cookie delivery from my BFF in Seattle

4. Reunion with old co-workers in La Crosse, WI for Rockin’ the Docks fundraiser

5. Visiting my favorite {hole-in-the-wall bar} for the best bloody mary

6. Celebrating my 26th birthday with a backyard patio happy hour


Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! xo


Summertime Country

Country MusicIt is finally here – Country USA!  I have been looking forward to this week since my friends and I purchased tickets back in April.  I get to see a few of my favorite country artists perform – Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, & Carrie Underwood – as well as several others!  CUSA has a stellar line up, but I can’t help but want to bring along a {playlist} full of songs that make you want to sing, dance and have fun.  There’s something about {country music} that works so well with sunshine and summertime.  In addition to headliners’ music, here’s the playlist I’ll be {rocking} all week long:


– Chasin’ Crazy – That’s How We Do Summertime

– Eric Paslay – Song About A Girl

– Lady Antebellum – Bartender

– Gloriana – Best Night Ever

– Tyler Farr – Whiskey In My Water

– Brothers Osborne – Run

– John King – Tonight Tonight

– Dustin Lynch – Where It’s At

– Frankie Ballard – Sunshine & Whiskey

– Love and Theft – Night That You’ll Never Forget

– Brad Paisley – River Bank


What are some of your favorite country tunes for summer?

Keep it Weird

Hat & BootsLast week, I spent four days in Austin, TX – let me tell you, they definitely “keep it weird.”  I was there for a work conference (more on that in a different post), but everywhere I turned there was something weird, yet delightful to enjoy in Austin.  When I arrived I ate at a place called Moonshine Grill – and you guessed it, they have four different varieties of {moonshine} on the menu.  Love it already.  In addition to amazing food at Moonshine, I got to experience a Texas-style barbecue (YUM) and local Tex-Mex (double YUM).  {Margaritas} are definitely not in short supply in Austin.

I hopped from one venue to the next taking in dueling pianos, live acoustic singers, live country bands and even house music compliments of a DJ.  I also learned twenty-some different {line dances} – most of which I cannot remember on a count of not getting it down until the last verse of every song!  I rocked {cowboy boots} and didn’t feel out of place.  I developed a twang whenever I talked to someone from the south (can’t help it!).

Austin won me over and I know they’ll continue to {keep it weird} until I return again someday.

Austin Collage