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Monday, February 1, 2016

galentine's day gift ideas

I loooove Valentine's Day. Everyone is so happy and in love! Really, I feel like people smile more during the month of February. But maybe it's because Valentine's also gives us an excuse to eat more chocolate and drink more wine. (At least that's why I'm smiling!)

I rounded up a few gift ideas to show your girlfriends some love this year. They deserve a little spoiling for always sticking by your side through the ups and downs of your love life. (Lord knows mine definitely do. Y'all are the best!) So whether you get to have a Galentine's Day celebration with your friends or have to send your long distance bestie something by mail, just make sure they feel the love this month with a little gift of appreciation.

Are you celebrating Valentine's Day with your girls? What are your plans?

Monday, January 25, 2016

As I mentioned in my previous post about lessons I learned in 2015, I spent the past four years making my whole life about other people. It's a really bad habit that I'm determined to break, so I decided that 2016 is going to be all about me. (I mean, I'm the sun, right?) But making a list of resolutions for 2016 didn't feel right. I always start the year off determined to do the same things every single year, like 'lose weight' or 'cut out fast food'. They never seem to direct or motivate me to live a better life.

So when I was browsing through my morning reads, I was really intrigued by Pretty & Fun's post about 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. Her list is filled with various goals, adventures and ways to grow personally. And that is exactly what I need. 

I've been working on my list for the past couple of days and it's almost complete. Every time I thought to myself, "I wish I could do that" or "I really want to try that," I jot it down or emailed the thought to myself to add to the list. I'm seriously so excited to start crossing things off! 

101 in 1001 list suzy speaks

End date: October 22, 2018

  1. Finish writing list of 101 things.
  2. Inspire someone to create their own 101 in 1001 list. 
  3. Take piano lessons. 
  4. Visit NOLA with my grandmother. 
  5. Blog 3 times a week for 12 months in a row. 
  6. Practice yoga for 30 days.
  7. Take a solo vacation. 
  8. Donate to Alpha Delta Pi.
  9. Teach someone something new. 
  10. Lose 10 pounds.
  11. Pay for someone's order at Starbucks in the drive-thru.
  12. Buy a 50mm lens. 
  13. Take a trip with my best friends. 
  14. Read 50 new books. 
  15. Take a photography class. 
  16. Take professional photos of me and my puppy. 
  17. Get a passport.
  18. Travel to another country. 
  19. Complete Kayla Itsine's BBG 12 week program.
  20. Lose 20 pounds.
  21. Setup office space in the ladypartment. 
  22. Hang gallery wall in living room. 
  23. Take a trip to NYC. 
  24. Take a trip to Chicago. 
  25. Have 3 months of living expenses in savings.
  26. Pay off credit card debt. 
  27. Pay off one student loan in 2016.  (1/16)
  28. Pay off one student loan in 2017. 
  29. Pay off one student loan in 2018. 
  30. Lose 30 pounds.
  31. Run a 5K.
  32. Buy bar stools for kitchen.
  33. Learn how to make latte art.
  34. Decorate my living room. 
  35. Host a NYE party. 
  36. Volunteer for Ronald McDonald House. 
  37. Leave a 100% tip. 
  38. Donate to the Association of Former Students. 
  39. Purchase headboard for bedroom. 
  40. Lose 40 pounds.
  41. Replace my ADPi pin. 
  42. Guest post on another blog. 
  43. Become a RewardStyle member. 
  44. Send out Christmas cards. 
  45. Stick to a diet for 28 days in a row. 
  46. Sew custom pillow cases for living room. 
  47. Cut out fast food for 21 days in a row. 
  48. Cut out sugar for 21 days in a row. 
  49. Cut out dairy for 21 days in a row.
  50. Lose 50 pounds. 
  51. Learn how to hem jeans. 
  52. Purchase a David Yurman bracelet.
  53. Take a dog training course with Kelly. 
  54. Instagram once a day for 14 days in a row. 
  55. Review a new place for my Bryan/College Station guide once a month. 
  56. Make 5 new friends. 
  57. Send out thank you notes. 
  58. Host a girls night. 
  59. Become a certified yoga instructor. 
  60. Make a YouTube video for the blog. 
  61. Learn how to use hot rollers. 
  62. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 
  63. Take a camping trip. 
  64. Go on a blind date. 
  65. Try 10 8 new recipes. (1/16 - Simply Roasted Chicken Thighs, Honey Mustard Salmon)
  66. Attend a marketing conference. 
  67. Attend a blogging conference. 
  68. Go on a Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
  69. Shut off all electronics 30 minutes before bed for 30 days. 
  70. Make gumbo from scratch. 
  71. Learn how to two-step.
  72. Get custom fit tennis shoes. 
  73. Try a spin class. 
  74. Try a barre class. 
  75. Go to First Friday in Downtown Bryan. 
  76. Take a cooking class. 
  77. Reach 5K followers on Instagram. 
  78. Fly first class. 
  79. Run an 8 minute mile. 
  80. Become a contributing writer on a website. 
  81. Do a 30 for 30 wardrobe remix. 
  82. Go to The Nutcracker ballet.
  83. Fall in love.
  84. Reach 1K followers on Twitter. 
  85. Make blog business cards. 
  86. Create consistent branding across all social media platforms. 
  87. Take a flower arrangements class.
  88. Go to an Aggie football game and sit on the first deck. 
  89. Go on a Traveling Aggies trip. 
  90. Have a girls weekend with my mom and little sister.
  91. Learn how to speak French.
  92. Learn how to make sushi. 
  93. Shoot an apartment tour for the blog.
  94. Have a glass of wine at Messina Hof. 
  95. Tour a vineyard. 
  96. Take a hand-lettering class. 
  97. Travel for an Aggie football game. 
  98. Do something outside of my comfort zone. 
Keep up with the progress of my list by clicking on the 101 in 1001 tab under Categories in the navigation bar! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Grub Burger Bar College Station, Texas

Grub Burger Bar Dining Area
Grub Burger Bar
Grub Burger Bar Menu
Grub Burger Bar Honey Ssam Tuna & Edamame
Grub Burger Bar Luau Fries
Grub Burger Bar Harlem Chicken Tenders
Grub Burger Bar Charred Caesar Salad
Grub Burger Bar You're My Boy Blue Burger
Grub Burger Bar Kitchen Sink Milkshake
Grub Burger Bar Spiked Bourbon & Caramel Milkshake
The great thing about living in College Station for about 7 years now is watching it grow into a place that's attractive to more than college students. Yes, most places open here because college students will be their main customers, but I love when I stumble upon places that can see beyond that demographic (aka: families and post-grads). Grub Burger Bar is definitely one of those places and I was beyond excited when they reached out to me last month about coming in for a Grub Feast. 

Emphasis on feast. The staff at Grub truly stuffed me, my family, and my blogging/real life bestie to the brim. We tried different burgers, various milkshakes, and a few of their yummy yummy appetizers. It was a lot of fun and want to give a shout out to them for their excellent service. Their staff in College Station is extremely knowledgeable about the whole menu and their history. Also, thanks to my family for dealing with me taking a billion pictures. It was really hard to not eat everything right away! #bloggerproblems

If I had to narrow it down to the perfect Grub trip for you and your friends, I'd say this is the must try list

+ Start off with the Luau Fries if you're looking for some comfort food. It's sweet potato waffle fries (yuuuum) topped with pulled pork, grilled pineapple slices, jalapenos, Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce, and a tooon of melted cheese. This is also the perfect if you're feeling hungover but your friends/family insist on dragging you out into the sunlight. 

+ If you're hungry but want to start off with something light and a little healthier, definitely get the Honey Ssam Tuna & Edamame. The honey ssam vinaigrette is so good that you kinda wanna just drink it on it's own - not that any of us did that... 

+ Now for your main course, order the Jive Turkey. It's on their Burgers That Don't Moo menu and it is so freakin' delicious. I get it every time. Yes, I'm one of those people who orders the same thing over and over when I find something I love. But I'm not the only one who is obsessed with it! My mom and Kitty both sing it's praises as well. It's a turkey burger with bacon, sprouts, avocado, cheese, and a chipotle mayonnaise spread. Delicious. 

+ If you want your burger to moo, try the Guacapotle or the You're My Boy Blue burgers. We had both of them at the feast and they're both delicious. My dad was a big fan of the You're My Boy Blue burger. It has grilled onions and bleu cheese on top of a juicy patty.

+ Let's say though you're not in the mood for a burger. I suggest trying their Harlem Chicken Tenders or one of their yummy salads. When the staff brought out the chicken tenders, my little sister and niece pounced on them. Saying they loved them is an understatement. I, on the other hand, tried out their Charred Caesar salad and their Chapel Hill salad. If you're feeling something heartier, definitely go down the Charred Caesar salad route. I don't know how they cook the chicken for that salad, but it's so freakin' good. The Chapel Hill salad is perfect if you want something light but packs a punch with flavor. It's a new addition to their menu and hopefully will stay for a long time. The dressing on that salad is so tasty, my mouth is watering right now thinking about it. (Yup, I just decided to get it to-go for lunch this week. I'm excited.)

+ Finally, you have to absolutely top off your meal with a milkshake. You can't go wrong with their handcrafted shakes or their spiked shakes. (Personally, I like the spiked milkshakes. What can I say?)  We tried the Kitchen Sink and the Worms & Dirt milkshakes. Both are super good. The Kitchen Sink looks scary/weird at first, but it'll quickly become your's or your kid's fan favorite. And of course, everyone loves a good ol' gummy worms and crushed up Oreos. If you don't, what is wrong with your taste buds, friend? For the spiked shakes, get the Mint Chocolate Chip. It takes like a nice bowl of Blue Bell with alcohol. Can't beat it!

Grub has a really fun atmosphere that's great for taking the family out or meeting up with a group of friends. Honestly, I don't think you'll find something on the menu that'll disappoint. I've been going here since they opened their first location in College Station a couple years ago and have yet to get something that hasn't disappeared off the plate in seconds. They're opening a lot of new locations across the US, so if you see one in your area, definitely go try them out!

*While Grub Burger Bar provided the feast for me and my guests, all opinions in this post are my own. Trust me, their burgers are super tasty. Go eat one ASAP.*
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