Monday, July 18, 2011

Acid Refulx Anyone?


For the past three weeks or so I have been sick occasionally. I wake up in the middle of the night or early morning very nauseous. I normally end up actually getting sick before I ever feel better. Somedays the nausea lasts all day. Both my parents have acid reflux and a couple of years ago I was diagnosed, also. I have never had many issues except for the occasional heartburn. I am not experiencing any heartburn, just nausea.

Okay, I know your wondering...where am I going with this? Well, I am interested to know if any of you have the same issues. Acid Reflux is more common than I ever imagined, so I am hoping to get some help! My mom thinks I have a hiatal hernia. I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for tomorrow because I can't stand being sick another day. 

Do any of you have the same issues?
What do you eat?
What medicines do you take?

Feel free to email me @ if you don't want to leave a comment.
I will appreciate any help!


I know that was boring, picture-less post and I apologize. The rest of my Texas trip and a mini-vaca to New Orleans is coming soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Texas Road-Trip: Day 5

Wednesday was all about Longhorns and Cowboys! One of my favorite places in Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards. I love the atmosphere. It's like going back in time to dirt roads, cattle runs and LOTS of cowboys!

We all headed down there last night to eat and walk around. As I have mentioned before, it was HOT! The wind blew occasionally but it was a 100 degree wind...didn't help much. We did a little shopping. I found the most beautiful pair of cowboy boots I have ever seen, I picked them up to check out the price. I gently sat them down when I saw the price tag for $3,750.00! I was in shock. I am not sure who pays that much for boots but it will definitely not be me. 

Next we stopped at my favorite furniture store. If I lived in this area I would get all of my furniture from Rio's. They have beautiful, handmade, one of a kind furniture. I am in love every time I walk through that store.

We decided to have dinner at Cattlemen's. They have delicious steaks.

I love going to the Station because they have a little shop that I get all of my Texas Longhorns shirts from. I stocked up for football season on this trip!

Next, we stopped into Billy Bob's Texas. The largest honky tonk in Texas, maybe the country! I saw these handprints on the wall and snapped a picture.

Today we went to Sam Moon to do a little jewelry shopping. 


Texas Road-trip: Day 4

Shew, have I mentioned how hot it is in Texas? The high Wednesday was 105 degrees!!! 

On Tuesday, my parents and I went exploring in downtown Dallas. I have been to the spot where JFK was shot before but never into the museum. I am not big on history until it is something real life that I can experience. The 6th Floor Museum was everything I thought it would be. We spent about and hour and a half walking around the 6th floor of the old Texas Book Warehouse. I had chills the entire time. The Kennedy's were an idealistic family. I could have starred at their pictures all day. 

My dad was more fascinated than I was because he was alive when JFK was shot. He remembers the day and the exact moment when he heard the news. He remembers watching Jack Ruby kill Lee Harvey Oswald after the assassination of the president. We have been to JFK's grave and memorial but he never thought he would get to where he was shot. I am so happy we went to the museum, it was a wonderful experience.

Me standing on the "X" where JFK was shot.

My parents on the "X".

Downtown Dallas

We explored around downtown for a while then grabbed lunch at Cristina's in Southlake. They have the most wonderful Mexican food ever! 

Tuesday night's dinner was homemade spaghetti and meatballs! I am so glad Cheryl is moving back to Tennessee because we will be in the kitchen together A LOT!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Texas Road-trip: Day 3

Yesterday morning started off great because I actually slept in, but later I felt like I had been ran over by a large truck. My days never go well when I sleep past 8:00. 

We all got up really late this morning and decided to go to Biscuits Cafe for breakfast. They have the most amazing sweet potato pancakes you will ever eat. I only get to eat them about once a year so it was definitely on the agenda for this trip. As always they were delicious and I ate every single bite...which meant, no lunch for me!

After breakfast we went to the Grapevine Mills Mall to do a little shopping. My Dad wasn't excited at all about this. He was so bored, when we walked by the Rainforest Cafe he wanted his picture made with the frog. Ha Ha! Once we were finished shopping we decided to go to the next Harley Davidson shop and get another shirt. Yes, this is our third Harley shop in three days. When we left the Harley shop we set the navigation to only take us on backroads for the trip home. Being from a small town we are used to taking backroads to get mostly everywhere. We figured this was a great way to see more of the Dallas area. I'm so glad we did because I saw some of the most beautiful homes. I love architecture and designing homes so I am always up for an afternoon of driving around looking at houses. 

Here are a few houses in my brother's neighborhood that I snapped pictures of today...

This is not my favorite house. It sits directly on the road and is very busy.

This house belongs to Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. 
It is neat that he lives in the same neighborhood as my brother because he played high school football in the next town over from us in Tennessee.

After house hunting we decided to go back to the house and rest. 

We made homemade pizzas for dinner. They are to die for. They are made from a kit that a lady sells by having a house party. The kit makes any kind of bread including loaf bread, cinnamon rolls, braids and pizza. It is super easy. If you are interested, let me know and I will send you the information on how to get a kit.

Macy and I were proud of our hard work!

Today we are going to see the John F. Kennedy museum and sight of his assassination, explore downtown Dallas and the Galleria Mall.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Texas Road-trip: Day 1 and 2

Howdy ya'll! I am writing this post from Dallas, Texas (well, actually Southlake, Texas) and I couldn't be more excited. Texas is one of my absolute favorite places on Earth. I just love it here. I know this is crazy, but in a way, Texas just feels like home. Even though I was born and raised in Tennessee, when someone mentions Texas, my heart flutters. 

If you didn't already know, my parents and I are on a little family road-trip to Texas for the week. We have family here and they have decided to move back to Tennessee, so we came out for one last visit. My parents have never been to Texas so they were excited to make the 16-hour trip here. Me? Not so much! I prefer the 2-hour plan ride A LOT better. Despite my negativity, it actually turned out to be two great days of driving almost 1,000 miles.

We left Saturday morning around 5:00am headed for Memphis, Tennessee. We drove from the northern tip of Tennessee to the southern tip of Tennessee. 

We stopped in Nashville so my Dad could go to the Harley Davidson shop. Then it was back on the road to Memphis. 

Once we arrived in Memphis, we stopped at the second Harley Davidson shop of the day. Then, we immediately crossed the bridge going over the Mississippi River. I have been to Memphis before but I do not remember going to see the Mississippi River. We came back to Tennessee and started searching for a hotel. We checked in, changed clothes and headed to the river boat. The river boat was very interesting and historical. I would definitely recommend going if you are in the Memphis area. It was very HOT but worth it to get great views of the city, like the one above. 

After the river boat we rushed back to the hotel to rest and freshen up for dinner. I was extremely excited and counting down the hours till dinner all day. The lovely Nicole was meeting us to eat and I was so excited to meet her.

We ate at Kooky Canucks. The food was fabulous and so was Nicole. Her blog was the first blog I ever looked at and followed. I read her blog for months before I started to write my own. We soon became Facebook friends and started texting back and forth. She is an absolute sweetheart. My parents loved her and so did I. I am so happy to now be able to call her a "real" friend. 

Kooky Canucks was an experience. This is the 6lb Cheeseburger they sell for $37.00. We thought it was a birthday cake in the shape of a burger when they brought it out. I asked the people next to us if I could snap a picture because I knew no one would believe me.

After dinner, we headed down Beale Street. We walked around and took in all the interesting things this blues town has to offer. 

Nicole and I decided that this was the first of many trips we will be making to see each other. It was so much fun to meet a blogging friend in person.

Later that night my parents and I went into Wet Willie's to listen to blues music. We lasted for a short while and then headed back to the hotel. We were only half way to Texas so we still had an eight hour drive the next day.

I was so sad when we reached Texas on Sunday, because of the construction work in Texarkana, their "Welcome to Texas" sign was down. After eight hours of driving, we finally made it to Southlake. My parents have never been to the Cheesecake Factory so that was a must for dinner. I told them they would not be disappointed because it is the most amazing food EVER!

Macy and I snapping pictures!

After the Cheesecake Factory, we decided it was time for an evening swim. Then we were all piled in the bed, ready to pass out from two days of traveling.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Taylor Swift Concert

On July 1st, my nine year old niece and I went on a little road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. We were going to do a little shopping, have dinner and then go see Taylor Swift. 

Here we are all ready to go! After the two hour drive, Miss Priss wasn't very excited about the all. So, I dashed into the few important stores and then we headed to the hotel. We were staying in the middle of downtown and I was so thankful. We were only one minute away from the concert. Once we were checked in, we headed up to the room to rest for a minute.

We went to Calhoun's On the River for dinner. It is one of my favorite places to eat in Knoxville. During football season it is filled with orange on game day. It is a must if you are going to Knoxville, especially if your going to a football game. It is directly across from the University, Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.  I had my favorite salad EVER!!! and then we headed across the street for the show. 
Oh, our waitress told us as we were leaving that Taylor Swift and her band were at Calhoun's eating an hour before we got there.

We could see Taylor Swift's bus as we were walking in.

Waiting for the show to start!

I was very surprised at how wonderful this concert turned out to be. Taylor is gorgeous in person and put on a great show. I would definitely see her again!

Need To Breathe was the opening act for Taylor. I had never heard of this band but they were awesome and now I am obsessed. They are a band from Charleston, South Carolina. Watch this You Tube video and I promise you will be obsessed too!

Have a great day!