The Big 3-1

I celebrated the big 3-1 on Friday! The majority of my day was spent cleaning house and doing laundry, but I got a chance to go have a nice dinner with my family that night.

I have been dying for a chance to wear these shorts for a couple of months now! I obsessed over them as soon as I saw them and just couldn’t resist buying them for an unknown occasion. 

I paired them with a simple denim shirt, but a fun brightly colored chiffon shirt would be really pretty too. Super fun for a Texas summer night!

Now let me tell you about our dining experience! Bin 303 is one of my absolute favorite restaurants to eat at in Rockwall. I have eaten there several times, but most of my family had not. I was so glad our waitress took the time to tell us some history about them, because I had never heard the background. The house was built in the 1920’s and was actually ordered from a Sears Roebuck catalog. We got to dine in the master bedroom. The food is branded Texas Cuisine and it really is so delicious! Everything is fresh and local and the meat is cooked over a mesquite flame. The menu changes seasonally, so you can always expect new items to try.

Now here’s the place where I let you down. I am not a food blogger and 1) I did not take pictures of the food and 2) I order the same thing every. single. time. Lame, I know.

My go-to order consists of an appetizer of the Iron Skillet Crab Dip. It’s so cheesy and delicious! They serve it with thin tortilla chips which are seasoned with something heavenly. For the main course, I order the Texican Burger which has aged tillamook cheddar, chipotle mayo, pico de gallo, nueske bacon & avocado spread. I get 303 fries as my side. They are thinly sliced and have that same magical seasoning as the tortilla chips. I die.

My sister and her boyfriend both ordered the filet and jalapeño bacon mac & cheese and they said it was fabulous! That means a lot coming from a couple of people that live in uptown Dallas and dine at amazing restaurant frequently. They also ordered an appetizer called Two Brothers. It was guacamole and pimento cheese which I believe had crab meat in it. The each were very delicious!

Bin 303 is also known for their impressive drink menu. I’ve had some delicious cocktails before and the beer and wine list is extensive.

All in all it was such a great experience, as usual. Delicious food. Fantastic service. Wonderful atmosphere. Also, let me add in that I brought my 3 boys along with me. I never see many kids in there, but they accommodated them so well!

If you have spare time to go check them out, please do so! I just saw on their website that Tuesdays are $10 burgers and $5 kid menu items! It would be a good opportunity to get a great meal for a reasonable price!

Independence Day Celebration :: Royse City

The 4th of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays! I love the red, white and blue color scheme everywhere, swimming, BBQ’s, etc. I love the parades and the fireworks shows and the rodeos and street dances.

This past Friday night, Royse City had their annual Freedom Celebration. I have to be honest with you, usually we just hang out in our yard and watch the fireworks from the comfort of our home. But Shenandoah was performing and my husband and I really wanted to go check them out.

We loaded up our lawn chairs, patriotic quilt, picnic basket, playing cards, bug spray and glow sticks and headed that way. After we set up shop, we went straight to the kids area. They had all kinds of fun rides for the kids.

I think our favorite attraction was the face painting though! This guy was so talented and super fast! (He was from Bounce ‘N’ More out of Rockwall)

Knox asked for a skeleton

Ryder asked to be a pirate.

I mean, have you seen a toothless pirate as cute as this?!? Me neither!

Jack Bennett was SpiderMan!

FYI – Knox and Ryder’s cute patriotic tanks are from Old Navy. Jack’s “Texas Music” shirt is from Tumbleweed Texstyles.

Then we ran into some sweet friends of ours and played a mean game of Go Fish!

We also had to partake in Kona Ice snow cones! (Holla for Tiger’s Blood!!) My favorite part were the cups that changed colors. The boys’ favorite part was the DIY flavor station.

Then the fireworks started right when I was trying to get a picture with the boys! haha! They kept saying “We want to see! We want to see!” I gave up on a decent picture with them and just let them enjoy the show. 🙂

I mean, how cute is this…..K&R just laying with their daddy watching the fireworks. (Jack Bennett was too busy terrorizing people with glow stick swords)

Thank you to the City of Royse City for such a great event! And guess what….all of those kids rides and face painting – they were FREE!! Such a fun event for the family! We can’t wait for next year!

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Summer Vibes

It’s been a crazy busy summer at my house this spring/summer and once again, Red Dirt Style been neglected. It happens. Spring is crazy for photography and end of the school year madness and then comes G Fest. My husband and I run digital marketing for G Fest, which is a really awesome 3-day music festival in Muskogee, OK. That’s another blog post I’m saving for next week. 🙂

Now that things have slowed back down, I’m looking forward to featuring more of my summer fashion finds! I bought this dress from Hazel and Olive a few weeks ago and just now got a chance to wear it out! It was super lightweight and comfy on this hot Texas night. I grabbed a slip to wear under it, but I ended up not even needing it. So it’s thin, but not sheer. I don’t typically wear a lot of bright colors, but I’ve vowed to work on that for this season. The bright pink really pops and the embroidery is one of my favs!

Great news – this dress also comes in black and dusty plum too!

In the back, there’s a draw string so you can loosen/tighten around the shoulders.

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Black and White Vibes

I stopped in American Eagle last week and hit the jackpot! They are my favorite go-to spot for festival fashion. I got two new outfits and had my eye on several others! Right now they are doing B1/G1 50% off shorts and jeans and they also have 40% off dresses and rompers!

The first thing I eyed when walking into the store was this off the shoulder embroidered top. Off the shoulder tops are HUGE this spring/summer! Such a cute look to dress up with black skinny jeans or throw on some cutoff shorts and sandals and dress it down.

These black high-waisted jeans are so flattering. The high waist allows for zero muffin top! After 3 kids, Lord knows I need all the help I can get in that area! ha!

So, what music festivals are you headed to this spring/summer? I hit up 95.3’s TTMR this past weekend to see Kacey Musgraves and I can’t wait for G Fest in Muskogee, OK June 15-17!

Bluebonnets

I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a field of bluebonnets. It truly is a treat every spring in Texas. Everyone goes crazy for bluebonnets. I was shopping in Loft recently and I knew this would be the perfect outfit for bluebonnets. The scalloped edges, the embroidery, it’s a perfect spring outfit!

The shirt is a great fit and even runs big, so size down. The shorts fit true to size and the length is perfect. Not too short, not too long. It’s hard to find shorts at that perfect length.

If you’re in Texas, go frolic in the bluebonnets this weekend! They’re beautiful!!

Romper

I try my best to shop at local boutiques. It’s just something that I’ve become accustomed to since living in Texas. We have some of THE BEST boutiques here. However, sometimes I have a 3 year old and two 6 year olds in tow. In that case, you can find me in Target. Load them up on Icee’s and Popcorn and I’ve got a solid hour of good behavior out of them. 😉

I knew I loved this romper when I saw it….because it wasn’t short. I’m too tall to pull off a shorts romper. I just love the fabric, design and fit of this romper. Size up if you’ve got a long upper body, like me. So glad I went for something out of the norm for me. I just love it!

Little Hippie

I was strolling through Target last week when I stumbled upon this shirt in the girls’ department. My first thought was….”Do they make this in my size?!”. Then I thought “It’s too bad I don’t have a little girl to buy this for…maybe I’ll just buy it just in case I have one.”. Then I snapped back to reality and the fact that I’ve got my hands full with 3 little boys. The next person that came to mind was little Sunny!

We were in Nashville last week and we always make sure we make time to see our college friends when we’re there. Sunny’s dad and my husband were roommates at Belmont University…oh the stories I’ve heard. We have THE BEST time every time we’re with them. My boys love playing with Sunny and her big brother!

We were at Sunny’s house hanging out and I mentioned to Sunny that I had a special present for her if she’d help me model. She didn’t hesitate…she was IN! She has the sweetest smile, laugh and hippie spirit! I just love her!