Friday, May 16, 2014

a few little favorites

Busy weeks are the best weeks so this week has really flown by. Let's talk favorites.

Favorite New Place
Common Bond is a brand-new bakery here in Houston that wants to be the best bakery in the world. The pastry chefs working there have worked at some of the best places in the world and I have been waiting for this place to open so I could try it out. They had a soft opening on Wednesday and luckily, one of my friends and coworkers loves to try new places as much as I do. We met for breakfast - an almond croissant for me and buttermilk biscuits with gravy and bacon for my friend (and we shared!) - and it was all great. We also tried their kugelhopfs. They're dense little pastries coated in sugar with golden raisins (I think?) throughout. At first I didn't like them, but then they grew on me. The restaurant was full of natural light and had a lot of little touches in terms of decor that I loved. I'm glad it lived up to the hype and I can't wait to go back!

Love the big windows (we sat at a table in that corner) and the cute coffee bar | Yum, pastries | A cute way to divide the line from the seating.

Favorite Goal
So, if you don't know me, then this sounds crazy coming after I just described a trip to the bakery, but I decided to start working on being less... sloth-like this week. A friend and I set individual goals with the same end date (June 30) and if we both achieve them, we're going out to get our nails done. I never want to spend money on that but I love having it done so it seemed like a good little motivator! The goal has made me work out two of the three nights since we set it, so I am already feeling good. I like having something non-edible to work toward sometimes!

Favorite Thing
Dave Matthews Band is tonight! I have been looking forward to this concert since I ruined the surprise that we were going. I'm currently listening to their Live from Red Rocks album... from 1995. So basically they've been making music since I was in elementary school, cool. Two fun DMB and me facts for you: 1) My wedding gift to Andrew was a silver guitar pick that says "You & Me to the end of the world" and our wedding date on it from the song "You & Me" which lives in a case on his keychain and 2) My blog name comes from the common phrase eat, drink, and be merry, of course, but at least once a week when I think of it I get the song "Tripping Billies" in my head.

Life is pretty good right now, other than the feeling that there isn't enough time in the day. I have to work on Sunday but we all get a three day weekend next weekend, so I'm going to focus on that...

Linking up with Amanda!

23 comments:

  1. sounds like a fun challenge and getting pampered at the end of it is a great way to reward yourself :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. That bakery looks awesome!

    A manicure is a great reward. I do not like shelling out the money for them either, but I always love the way my nails look after. I may have to steal this idea. ;)

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  3. Love the challenge idea and the nail reward!! You're going to kick butt!

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  4. way to go girly! i absolutely need to stop being so sloth like as well. boo. but that pic of the yummy treats.. ill start tomorrow.

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  5. I'm already set for next week's 3-day weekend. But for now, let's enjoy this one- have an amazing time at DMB!

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  6. That bakery sounds amazing!!!

    I know that you are totally going to rock you goal and then have pretty nails!! Get it!!!!

    Have fun at the concert!

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  7. That bakery sounds amazing!! So jealous about DMB, have a blast!! Love the challenge and getting to pamper at the end will be so worth it!!

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  8. in honor of your concert i am going to listen to DMB today :) also yay for your goal! think it's a great idea to pick something unfood related so it doesn't counteract the hard work!

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  9. Give me those biscuits and bacon.

    I'm also on the moving more train this week. Let's go!

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  10. Girl the fact you can say life is good right now....I mean honestly isn't that the best feeling? Also that bakery looking amazing! Thanks so much for linking up!! xoxoxo

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  11. I actually used the term sloth-like today in reference to my workout habits at times. Hope you have a blast at Dave! I'm going in a couple of weeks - so excited! Stopping by from the link up - happy weekend!

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  12. Give me ALL of the baked goods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. This bakery sounds like a place I would love! Good new goal. Instead of me saying, "i need to do this, that, and the other...", I should just get OUT and move and make that my goal. Hope the concert was a blast!

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  14. Did you say almond croissant??? One of my many weaknesses. Hope you had the best time at DMB!

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  15. Getting your nails done is a great treat! Good luck with your working out goal! I am so jealous of all the fun places you have to try out in Houston! And coffee bars always win. :)

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  16. Lauren, your blog is so lovely! Had to follow you immediately.
    Would love if you checked out mine sometime too so we can stay in touch!

    AIMEROSE

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  17. I hope you had a blast at DMB!

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  18. good luck with working out! i think setting a good goal with a reward like getting your nails done is a great motivator :)

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  19. Yumm! Those sweets look delicious! Hope you had fun at the concert!

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  20. DMB plays close to my hometown EVERY year and i've still never been! Love me some DMB <3. Hope you had a blast!

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  21. Yummmmmmm! I LOVVVEE pastries and all things like that.

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  22. That bakery look awesome! I love the windows! I was just telling P last week that I need some kind of reward system to get me exercising. Honestly, silly little rewards/goals like that help me :)

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