New Year Resolutions

With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to prepare for 2017 and reflect on how amazing 2016 was.

2016 was such a fun year and I couldn’t have wished for anything more!

Brandon and I got ENGAGED! 
Countless trips
Lots of parties hosted at our house
Our house turned into a home 
Fell back in love with cooking
New friendships
Strengthened existing friendships

As scary as the term “resolutions” can be, I have a few goals for 2017 . . .

Get Married! (that’s easy)
Cook more
Follow a devotional for the year. I have one but I haven’t followed it faithfully everyday
KonMari (aka declutter) my house. You can find some how-to videos here
Finish a couple of projects in my house (paint the kitchen dining room area, paint the laundry room, and build some shelves in the hall closet)
Read more
Workout consistently (Hello, Wedding Dress!)
Run at least 4 5k 

What are some of your resolutions for 2017 and what are your best tips for sticking to them?

Thank you for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

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Changes

Hey Y’all! Happy Wednesday!

After a lot of thinking, talking, creating lists of what I want out of this blog I’ve decided to shift gears and move away from lifestyle/beauty/fashion blogging and start sharing something I’m more passionate about.

I'm about to step back into safety because I'm not growing. Let's be honest:

Honest moment here, I love beauty/fashion and all it encompasses but it’s not what I’m spending my downtime doing. I’m not searching YouTube for the newest and greatest ways to contour, I just do what works for my face. Once I find something I stick with it and the last few weeks I’ve had a hard time finding valuable content to share with you. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably still share beauty related things on my Instagram (@hmbtx) but it’s not enough to blog about every week.

My lists taught me that I spend A LOT of downtime searching for recipes to cook for myself, Brandon, friends, family and coworkers. I get such a joy when I bring treats into work and my coworkers tell me I’m evil for bringing in brownies. During my lunch breaks, I’m on Pinterest looking for recipes to make my own pasta, bread, or a healthy chicken dish (#balance). I’m not looking for the how to guide on a smokey eye.  . .is that still even a thing?? Yes, I asked for beauty items for Christmas because I am who I am but my passion is food.

The last two weeks I’ve made a new recipe almost every night and not once have I regretted the length of time I’ve spent in the kitchen or the constant mess that I have to clean up. I’m fulfilled when my meal tastes so delicious that Brandon says he wants seconds 5 bites in.

Be prepared for a much better New York Roots to Southern Boots and more content on a regular basis!

Thank you for much for following New York Roots to Southern Boots during the journey! Y’all have kept me going and I only want to give you more.

Print out quotes on velum paper and wrap around a candle holder from the Dollar Store for graduation party. Graduation Quotes.:

Xo, Heather

What’s Up Wednesday

I’m linking up with up with Larson Lingo, Mix and Match Mama and Pinterest Told Me To today for the monthly What’s Up Wednesday post!

What we’re eating this week…
I’ve been really bad this week with menu planning and cooking dinner.Pizza on Sunday, burrito bowl on Monday, Shrimp on Tuesday, Taquitos on Wednesday, and Thursday is a wild card since we leave on Friday for Dallas.

What I’m reminiscing about…
The first Texas Tech game that I went to with Brandon almost two years ago when they played Baylor in Dallas at AT&T Stadium (or Jerry’s World). We are going back to Dallas this weekend to see the Red Raiders play and check out Kliff. {insert heart eyes emoji} #WRECKEM 
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What I’m loving…
The slightly cooler weather that has decided to grace Houston with it’s presence. I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the summer heat tunnel.

What we’ve been up to…
Brandon and I have been working on our house, a lot. It is hard work to try to make a house a home on a budget. I did put together this little gallery wall last week, I couldn’t look at beige walls any longer. 
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What I’m working on…
100 miles in 30 days, you can read my rules here

What I’m excited about…
Decorating my house for fall. I can’t stop buying cute little fall things at Hobby Lobby. The sign below is currently on my mantle, surrounded with a few small pumpkins for Trader Joe’s.


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What I’m watching/reading…


I’m almost done with Season 4, and I’m going to be so sad when it’s over but at least SCANDAL is back!

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I started reading “What Remains” last week and I have to say, I’m still in the very beginning of the book (it’s hard to read while I’m on the treadmill or elliptical), but I’m hooked. I can’t wait to dive deeper into on my roadtrip.

What I’m listening to…
When I lived in Dallas, I regularly attended ‘The Porch‘ at Watermark Church (Thank you, Katie), and now that I don’t live there anymore I try to listen to their podcasts. They recently started a new series called, Save the Date. Y’all is it so good and is so truthful about what all of us go through when we are dating.  If you decide to listen to at least one of them, you will not be disappointed but you might get the Backstreet Boys stuck in your head.

What I’m wearing…
These booties, all. the. time. They go with EVERYTHING! Dresses, ripped skinnies, black skinnies, and skirts. They are my perfect fall go to.'Trott' Bootie (Women)via Nordstrom

What I’m doing this weekend…
This weekend we are heading to Dallas to watch Texas Tech vs. Baylor, see my Dallas friends, and snuggle some cute babies.

What I’m looking forward to next month…
That is is OCTOBER, which is by far my favorite month. Hopefully I can finally pull my scarves and sweaters out of hibernation. Fingers crossed!!
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What else is new…
Not a whole lot other than making a house a home, football season, and praying for fall!

Thanks for stopping by!
xo, Heather

A Few of My Favorite Things

Cooler Weather 

September feels like a brand new start for me every single year. The hot, sticky, humid weather of the summer drives me crazy and by August I start to crave autumn weather. Cool autumn weather is my love language. Booties, sweaters, and scarves just make me so happy!

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” – The Great Gatsby

Iced coffee from Starbucks 

I start most mornings with a grande iced coffee with 2 splendas and 2% milk from Starbies. It’s the perfect combination to get me going in the morning.

Lazy Netflix Days

 During the summer our weekends are so busy with weekend travels. Once I have a free weekend, there is nothing better than a lazy day on the couch participating in a Netflix marathon. I’m currently watching Revenge, have you watched it yet? I’m mad at myself for not jumping on the bandwagon sooner since I’ve been hooked since episode 1.

Wine Tasting in Fredericksburg

We had so much fun at Grape Creek Vineyard in Fredericksburg, TX a few weeks ago. I’ll write-up a full review at a later date, but had to put a little teaser out there.

What are a few of your favorite things? I would love to find out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

My First Year in Houston

 I recently celebrated my  one-year anniversary of being a Houston resident, I wanted to do a recap of the last year. I’ll apologize in advance for the long post.

Last year I completed my last two weeks at my previous job, said goodbye to friends, and embarked on a new adventure in a new city. I didn’t have any worry in my heart because I know that God put me on the path, and He would guide me everyday.

I left Dallas on Sunday night, it was supposed to be Sunday afternoon but I kept finding more stuff that I had to load into my little Jetta. To add to the stress of a 4 hour drive with most of your belongings in the car, I had to start work the next morning. Yes, I’m THAT person who moves on a Sunday and starts work on Monday.

Over the last year, I’ve had so much fun and experienced more than I thought I would in a short amount of time. Here are a few highlights of what I have done in the last year!

A frozen margarita on a HOT summer day at Minute Maid Park

My first music festival, Free Press Summer Fest
My first music festival, Free Press Summer Fest  

Being patriotic while watching the Abernathy Fourth of July Parade
Being patriotic while watching the Abernathy Fourth of July Parade

Cancun with my bestie
Cancun with my bestie

My first Texas Tech football game in Lubbock #WRECKEM
My first Texas Tech football game in Lubbock #WRECKEM

My first LSU football game #GEAUXTIGERS
My first LSU football game #GEAUXTIGERS

LSU tailgating with Shamp
LSU tailgating with Shamp

A weekend in Vail with my family
A weekend in Vail with my family

A polo match in Rhode Island #fancy
A polo match in Rhode Island #fancy

Cheering on the Dallas Mavericks from Houston
Cheering on the Dallas Mavericks from Houston

Crawfish Season. . . sorry Dad!
Crawfish Season. . . sorry Dad!

Chopped my hair off
Chopped my hair off

Rang in the New Year with this guy
Rang in the New Year with this guy

Rodeo Cookoff
Rodeo Cookoff

Rodeo with Rachel
Rodeo with Rachel

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dallas
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas

Spanishtown Ball in Baton Rouge
Spanishtown Ball in Baton Rouge

Ft Worth wedding with these handsome guys
Ft Worth wedding with these handsome guys

I had so much fun last year, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for ! Tonight Brandon and I are headed to Denver to see my brother, sister in law, and sweet little nephew. I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out how I’ve spent the last year!

Xo, Heather