What is ClassPass?

A few months ago a friend mentioned this great new thing called ClassPass, it was a flat monthly rate that got you unlimited fitness classes in the DFW area. It seemed too good to be true, so I started researching. I love taking pilates and barre classes, but just can’t swing the class rates that go along with them. The first thing that caught my eye was the seamless marketing around ClassPass. Their website, social sites, emails, etc. all has a clean, chic feel that mimics so many of the fitness studios I love to frequent.

After snooping around and reading their FAQs, I decided to give it a go. It is $79/month in the DFW for unlimited classes to participating studios. The only catch is that you can only attend a particular studio three times a month. I made a pact with myself to go to at least three classes a week to make the rate worth my while financially.

I had to look back through my past classes (I've almost hit the 50 class mark), but I officially started classpass-ing on February 1st of this year. Since then, I've been lucky to have a really good friend, Mendy, who you can find at Half Texan Home, also join in on the workout craze, too. Read about her take on it here .

More to come on the specific classes, but seriously you should check out ClassPass.


Day Tripping to Boyd, TX & Justin, TX

This past weekend I went on a short road trip with a few friends up to Justin, TX and Boyd, TX to sight see, shop and eat. Since I've moved to Texas, I've had the chance to see a few small towns, but there are many, many more to go. Who knew Texas was such a huge state?

One of the best parts about my new state is the friendliness of its residents. Its hard to stop in a little boutique or restaurant without striking up a conversation with someone. They aren’t being nosy, they are just being nice. While we were in Justin, we shopped at JJ’s Designs & Boutique, and I couldn't resist picking up a few things for the apartment and a fun summer dress. If you find yourself in Justin, I’d also suggest stopping by Margartita’s and shopping at the Justin Boot Outlet, too!

After our pit stop in Justin, we drove to Boyd, TX to eat at Gogo Gumbo, which seemed to be almost the only open joint in town. It opens at 4 p.m. and folks line up outside to get one of the first open seats. We arrived a little bit later and spent about 45 minutes waiting outside for a table, but the sunny day and good company made the wait fly by. The interior of the small restaurant was reminiscent of any small New England eatery that was just plopped down in a small Texas town. I enjoyed a shrimp, lobster tail and saffron risotto for dinner and we split a Jack Daniels Chocolate Mousse pie for dessert. And the differentiating factor for Gogo Gumbo? Great sweet tea!

I've got a nice, long to-do list for my first summer in Texas and this was a good one to check off, and one I’d like to repeat before too long.


Europe Travel: Ireland

My huge backpack
Our first stop in Europe was Dublin, Ireland. The flight over was about six and a half hours, and if I hadn't tried forcing myself to sleep, it would have been quick. I found out about flents (anti ear popping plugs), though, so they made the trip painless. Those, along with a few books and magazines, kept me distracted for most of the trip. Something else I found surprising, was the amount of times they brought food to us.


Hello July!

I am the type of person that can't force myself into enjoying something. The more years that go by, the more I realize that I have to come to terms with what makes me happy, and what I need to say goodbye to.

Sadly, I went through what feels like a six month stretch of simply not wanting to blog, so I didn't blog. But lately I haven't been able to stop thinking about it, so I think I am going to pick up the pen (computer) again, and start writing. A lot of that was probably due to some personal reflection and changes that needed to happen - more on that later.

The thing I am dying to share is most definitely my recent foray out of the country. At the end of May, I finally took a much anticipated trip to Europe with my best friend. We visited Ireland, England, Germany and the Czech Republic. I will try to share some of the tips I learned as well. Planning a two week backpacking trip is absolutely nerve-wracking, but it is so worth it!


New hair for spring

Sorry for such the long hiatus - I am still alive, I swear! I bit the bullet and dyed my hair to bring a little spice into my life. Spring may be officially here but our weather in New England is not reflecting it. I needed some change so I impulsively scheduled a hair appointment. It really isn't very different but it served its purpose. Hope you are enjoying "spring" and I will post again soon!


Hello February!

I apologize for the radio silence, I have been working as many days as I can manage in order to save for my upcoming Europe trip. It has been good to stay busy and I've even been exercising regularly. I figured I might share a few pictures of recent Massachusetts happenings here to make up for the silence.

I went to a Providence Bruins hockey game with SmartPak friends and my roommates. Even though it wasn't the Boston Bruins it was still a blast! Apparently, the Providence Bruins are the "feeder" team for Boston. During the breaks, little kids came out and played short games, which was beyond adorable. 

I saw a gorgeous sunrise last week on my drive to work!

I finally hung a few thinks in my room after living here for more than a year. And this picture makes me super excited for Marion yard sales and estate sales in the spring. The mirror and the bureau piece were purchased for a collective $15 last year! Also, I made cranberry orange nut bread (I varied the recipe) this morning. 

And to top off my week, Margaret and I tried our hand at homemade pretzels. They need a few tweaks and then I will share the recipe! I hope you are having a fabulous February and I promise to post more. 


Bread #2: Buttermilk Biscuits

There's not much better than delicious biscuits for breakfast so they were next on my bread baking challenge. I made Smitten Kitchen's recipe and they were surprisingly super easy. Since I didn't have a pastry blender, I used the cuisinart to mix the butter into the flour mixture. The first picture is the result of doing that and it took about one minute. If I could change one thing, I would have made mine a little thicker when I was rolling out the dough. Overall, these were a success!
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