I don't care if it's not officially Summer, it feels like it in Dallas, Texas. This calls for cookouts,
pool parties, and leisurely sitting on the patio as the sun sets. This weekend two of my friends were in town for the first time in what felt like years, and we got to all hang out together.

Summer in Dallas

We ventured to Babe's Chicken, a southern style kitchen known for their fried chicken, honey biscuits, and unlimited sides. We waited for a table outside the restaurant and sat on the Texas Giant Chicken Roundup and Assault Vehicle (pictured below) as old school music and fried deliciousness wafted through the air.

Babe's Chicken

We had six people and that meant we got one of every meat: fried chicken, smoked chicken, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, smoked ribs, and fried chicken tenders. The place was also BYOB so we feasted until we literally could not eat any more. We closed down the joint as the manager brought out baby rattlers. What I thought would be snakes but really just rattles inside a box, lots of play on words at Babe's and highly recommended if you're in the Dallas area.

Meal at Babe's Chicken
I'm never eating again.

Then we headed to my favorite bar of all bars, Corner Bar. Where we danced on diamonds and drank PBR's and took pictures in took dark of a room.

Corner Bar, Dallas

 They got a new DJ for Friday and he sincerely needs to step up his game. Top 40 from 3 years ago just isn't going to cut it.
Saturday was spent at our neighborhood party for “Butterfly day.” I always complain about being on the neighborhood board but then I really enjoy getting to know our neighbors. I'm stuck between acting about 14 or acting about 80 years old, hardly ever in the middle.

Butterfly day is actually pretty cool. A guy in our neighborhood raises butterflies (100s a year) and sells them as well as exotic plants. He even has his own website. I got slightly burned as it was my job to let people in and out of the butterfly tent.
Saturday night we went to Komali's for a friend's birthday. It is upscale Mexican cuisine, and while it is delicious, I'm a cheap margarita and enchiladas type of girl.

Sunday we got together with our friends to plan our trip to Greece and Prague. It was mainly just us talking about how 10 days is just clearly not enough time to see all we need to see and how life isn't fair. Then Michael bringing us back to reality about how lucky we are to get to go at all.

Then it was time the first pool day of the year. Finally. My friend had people over and we grilled and drank Arnold Palmer's by the pool. Millie even ventured in the water.

Pup in the Pool

To really round out our weekend of gluttony, Michael and I ordered pizza from Piggie Pie's near our house. We got the “Alfredo Bacon” which was made with hormel bacon, onions, sliced tomatoes and homemade alfredo sauce.

Piggie Pie's Pizza

Now I need to detox and maybe eat nothing bad this week. I say that but a snow cone is calling my name. It is Monday after all.

Now it's time for my first interview! The purpose of this is to really get to know about a blogger. Why they blog, how they started, what makes them successful. Basically, anything I'm really nosy about. Blogging is amazing. How do you balance it all? Today, I am interviewing Elena of Baby Ridley Bump. I am flat out astonished by her multi tasking skills.
When did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2012 when I was laid up from a
motorcycle accident (that was not our fault) that my husband and I were
in that left me with 5 broken bones in my leg.  I had major surgery on
my knee & now have two screws in my knee holding everything
together.  Being off work for five weeks I spent a lot of time
on Pinterest where I came across Little Baby Garvin for the first time.
When you started your blog, what did you have in mind?
I decided I wanted to start a blog of my own about our
journey to get pregnant and have a baby.  We had already been trying to
conceive (TTC) for about 6 months at the time.  I had no idea that 2
years later I would still be blogging about our journey to get
pregnant.  After many failed attempts at natural conception we finally
saw a specialist in October of 2013.  After 2 failed IUIs, & a
miscarriage, we are now on the path to start IVF this July.
About how long does it take you to write/edit a post?
I typically write my post a day, if not a couple days, in
advance.  Especially my Friday Favorites posts.  But, if something
happens, especially something disappointing or upsetting, I like to
write it as soon as possible so that I can capture my raw emotion.
 After disappointing doctors appointments I go home and write a post
about them..  The most important thing for me as a blogger is to be open
and honest about this journey because it’s a true roller coaster of
emotions.  I love the quote, “don’t be ashamed to tell your story, it
will inspire others”.  I strive to be an inspiration in the TTC &
blogging community.
How do you stay organized?
I am organized by nature.  I love to make lists, I love to
brainstorm ideas, I like things to be neat and in order.  Being
organized is nothing I’ve ever had to work at.

What has starting and maintaining a blog taught you?

It’s taught me so much & has been such a blessing for
me in so many ways.  It keeps me honest and it’s something I will always
have that I can look back on to remind me of how far we have come and
how much we have gone through.  Between blogging and Instagram, I have
been able to become a part of some truly amazing communities of women
which has been the biggest blessing I could ask for. 
What's the coolest thing to happen to you since you started blogging?
The coolest thing that has happened to me has been winning
this interview!  I’ve never won any of these giveaways & I was so
excited to win such an awesome opportunity from such a well-known
blogger.  Besides that I would say the friends that I’ve made that I
would’ve never known if I hadn’t started my blog would also be the
coolest thing to happen!
What's been your most successful/popular post?
My most successful post was this one about the outcome of my second IUI.  

If you could offer one piece of must-have advice to an aspiring blogger, what would it be?

I am still an aspiring blogger myself, but I would say, be
yourself.  Of course it is awesome to have followers and gain
popularity, but I think most of us started our blogs for ourselves not
knowing where it would take us and how popular it would become.  Being
open and honest with your readers is important.  That’s what draws me to
a blog.

Isn't she amazing? Check out Elena's blog to learn more and be inspired!

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