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The start of my fall table decor. I need to either buy a runner or some sort of garland to wrap around my ceramic pumpkins and flowers, and a few mercury glass votives. Sometimes I go to Hobby Lobby and everything is on sale, but last Friday when I went NOTHING was on sale which is why I left with only two pumpkins.

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I started taking this vitamin for healthy hair, skin and nails. My hair already grows like a weed, so I’m excited to see if the vitamin helps make it healthier.

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I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to Southern Living magazine. I love how it combines three of my favorite things, food, home decor and travel.

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After taking a break from Birchbox for a few months, I went back to it. I love everything that I received in this month’s box, especially the thermal face mist.

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I’m finally getting my hair done on Saturday! (Sorry Kelsey!) I have to start thinking about how I want my hair to be for my wedding. . . maybe I want to add a little bit more blonde to it?? I’ll probably just let Kelsey do her thing. I’m not going to cut it that short until after the wedding.

What are your weekend plans? Mine are going to be pretty low key since my next two weekends are booked with EXTRA fun travel!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

P.S. Has anyone heard or tried bullet journaling??? If you have tried it, will you please comment below and tell me how to start this process? I’m searched Pinterest but all of them look so advanced. Thanks in advance!

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Friday Five

It’s been a pretty slow week in my world, minus  getting food poisoning from a new lunch spot on Wednesday. #Goodbye4Pounds #YouDon’tHaveToComeBack. So here are 5 things I’m excited about for October

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New York Roots to Southern Boots

Picking up some pumpkins from the pumpkin patch

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A trip to Epcot with Brandon, Stacey, and Dave. . .plus I get to see my Grandma

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My first 10k; I don’t think I’ll be able to run the whole thing from start to finish since my training has been lackluster.

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Tailgating for the Battle of the Piney Woods #AxeEm

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Tone on Tone: Fall table centerpiece of white pumpkins, antlers and hydrangeas:

Trying to recreate this on my dining room table. Inspiration found here.

If you find out what else is going on in my life, you can read this post here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

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We have watched a whole lot of Olympics the last two weeks that it’s going to be weird once it’s over. At least I can catch back up on the Real Housewives franchise; I bet Brandon is excited about that #not. Have y’all been following #Loctegate!?!? If so, what are your thoughts? I think he’s a fool to think he could make up being held at gunpoint. 

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Last week we went to our first Houston Resturant Weeks dinner of 2016 at Weights + Measures. It was so good! I’ll share a full post soon.

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This week wasn’t my best week for running due to all of the rain in Houston but at least the weather has cooled down to a nice 90 degrees instead of 155 like it was the last few weeks. I hope to get back on track next week, hopefully with a new pair of running shoes.

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New fall shoes from Lulu’s! I can’t wait to share them with y’all when they come in. I think I’m going to share how to mix and match your fall wardrobe to maximize the amount of times you wear each piece. In Texas you have to get creative because we don’t technically have one but for a girl who loves Fall clothes, you have to find a way to make it work. Is that something y’all would want to see?

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As many of you know, I go to Baton Rouge, LA a few times a year to see a good friend of mine. On each visit I fall more in love with the city and the state. Once I saw the pictures and hearing how bad the flooding is/was in Louisiana, it broke my heart and made me want to do something to help out. Luckily I am fortunate enough to work in an office that cares deeply for the community and they put together care packages to send to Louisiana but they still need more. This weekend I’m going to tackle mine and Brandon’s closet to donate as much as we can. If you would like to help out those in need you can send your donations to the following address.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana             2515 Canal St., New Orleans 70119

What are your plans this weekend? Tonight I’m going to a girls dinner and I couldn’t be more excited. It has been a while since I’ve seen my Houston girls.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather 

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The Bachelorette ended on Monday but I didn’t get a chance to write a post but if you were wondering who JoJo picked, I’ll tell you. She picked Jordan which was pretty obvious when she had a meltdown when her parents tried to tell her Robby would be a better choice. C’est la vie! Good luck Jordan and JoJo!

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There will be a full post about this next week but I wanted to share a little teaser with you. On Tuesday night we went to Underbelly to celebrate our friend, Eric’s birthday. Phenomenal doesn’t even do justice.

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Houston Restaurant week started on Monday and we already have our two dinners and one brunch planned out. Be ready for more Southern Eats posts in the next few weeks. Not to get too food heavy, but Brandon and I are meeting with a caterer on Sunday.

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Brandon and I are still training for our 10k this fall and to be honest training in the summer is brutal. On the weekends I have to wake up super early because starting at 9am was miserable last week. During the week I have to run after 8pm which throws off my night plans with dinner and hanging out with Brandon. The heat will eventually subside, but as long as I do more miles this week as I did last week I’ll still consider it a victory.

If you have any running shoe recommendations I would love to hear them, you can either tweet me (@BalsamoHeather) or comment below. I have a pair of Ascis that I like but they are old and after a while they feel like weights. Last night I ran in my Nike Free’s; I loved how light and flexible they are but when I came home I found a few blisters.

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Ya’ll I can’t contain my excitement with the Summer Olympics starting TOMORROW!! At work we are supposed to wear some USA gear and when I saw this shirt at Target I knew it had to be mine.

What are your plans this weekend? I plan on knocking out most of next week’s posts, getting a few house projects done and meeting a caterer.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Xo, Heather

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Last night Brandon and I went to Cane Rosso in the Heights for an early birthday dinner. We have waited YEARS for Cane Rosso to open in Houston after we are at the Dallas location on our first Valentine’s Day. The style of pizza they serve is Neapolitan, so the crust is crunchy and the middle is on the softer side. On Monday I’m going to share a full recap for you.

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I catch up on a lot of reading during the summer, maybe it’s the hours spent by the pool or the road trips. Yesterday at Target I picked up The Girl on the Train. I can’t wait to start it after I finish “I Said Yes!” by Emily Maynard.

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The other day on Instagram (@HMBTX) I shared my new favorite pinky nude lip combo.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid – Nude Thrill
I couldn’t find a link for my lipgloss since it’s old but anything pale would look pretty over the liquid matte.

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 On Tuesday I ran/walked 3 miles in what felt like 115 degrees but at least I did it. Next week I think I have to get in 15 miles, not sure how that’s going to happen but I’ll find the time.

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Today we are heading out to San Antonio to see Garth Brooks. . .again! Sorry Mom!! He puts on such an amazing show and I’m so happy more of our friends will be joining us.

What are your weekend plans? After the concert we are going to be in the Hill Country drinking wine and floating down the river.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather