The Mercantile

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It took us about 6 or 7 U-turns, but we finally found our way to the The Mercantile on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth.

As stated on their site, they carry “Home Décor, Antiques, Fashion, Gifts, Collectibles and so much more!” In other words, a typical antique mall. They also have a pretty large tea room, but unfortunately that was closed when we got there (around 3:30).

The exterior is painted with some pretty impressive historical Texas related murals. The interior was clean and had sufficiently wide aisles (necessary with a stroller), but they really need to turn up the AC! They had some snack trays out with cheese and grapes and the cheese cubes were sweating like tiny yellow pigs.

One unusual thing was they have a vendor that sells geodes and fossils! He even had several amber pieces with bugs trapped inside- Jurassic Park?! Anyone? Anyone?

I noticed that their site also states,
“The Mercantile has a friendly staff to make you feel right at home while you are here.” While the vendors and another lady on staff that I spoke to were friendly and professional, the lady that rang me up on the register was just plain rude. When she mentioned an upcoming sale and (after being treated rudely) I responded that I wouldn’t be coming back she must have realized what she had done because she became very polite. ::side eye::
(。=`ω´=)ぇ?

But, I guess that’s not really fair to say they don’t have good customer service because of one crab apple.

So anyway…I walked away with a gift for my friend’s daughter and a cool bracelet for myself.

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Baby Bug was so good the whole time so I wanted to get him something special. Thankfully we happened to pass by Toy Works!…also on Camp Bowie. Nice place! A good selection of toys that I’ve never seen at Target.

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The Bug went crazy! He walked all around the store testing out all the toys he could get his baby paws on. One toy in particular seemed to hold his attention the longest- a car dashboard with tons of buttons and levers that makes all kind of car sounds. It even has wiper blades that move!

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Hopefully it’ll keep him entertained for a week or so. ヽ(・∀・)ノ

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Austin Trip

A couple of weeks ago we finally got it together and made a road trip down to my beloved Austin, Texas. I lived there for three years, when I was going to UT and I’ve only been back a couple of times since graduating in 2008.

We stayed at the very stylish and conveniently located Hotel San Jose on South Congress.

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When I used to live in Austin and go shopping on Soco I would often walk past this hotel and think that someday I wanted to stay there. I love the shady and secret garden like atmosphere in the middle of such a happen’n area.

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Baby bug attacking the bed in our room

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A cool lime tree in the courtyard

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Breakfast was served in a sort of Western style bento box, but the size of a dresser drawer! It was good food, and good portions, but, as with most hotel food, was overpriced so I think next time I’ll just get a bunch of breakfast tacos from Jo’s next door. Hopefully there will be a next time.

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Baby Bug had a wonderful time at the Austin Children’s Museum. If we have another chance to stay in Austin sometime in the next 5 years we will definitely go back there and I would highly recommend it to anyone with little kids that are visiting the area.

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The husband had a taco from one of the Soco food carts.

We walked up and down the street around our hotel and stopped in a couple of the places I used to shop at such as By George and Parts and Labour. Although, I didn’t buy anything till we went downtown at some boutique, that I think was on 2nd or 3rd street downtown. Which reminds me…

I noticed that most of the girls around town were wearing either flowing summer dresses,short shorts, or some other very “body con” ensemble.

Even though we were just a few hours South it felt hotter and more humid than DFW. In part, most likely, because we spent more time waking around outdoors than we do at home.

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Pretty lace on the dress I bought from some random boutique downtown.

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I got to eat at Magnolia cafe (once at each location!) and the husband got to have a hamburger at Hopdoddy’s and we both really liked Jo’s breakfast tacos! (There are so many places to eat breakfast tacos in Austin). We also tried to eat at South Congress Cafe, but it was packed to the brim and we were all too hot and fussy to stand waiting in there and ended up at Gueros (sp?) down the street.

There were so many places I wanted to visit, like UT campus, but we didn’t have time for or it was too hot to do, but it was good to go back and visit. I even got to see an old friend that will be moving back to Japan very soon and if I hadn’t gotten to see her before she left I would have been disappointed.

We also managed to squeeze in a stop at Momoko’s near UT campus.

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I used to get my bobba teas and cute Japanese sticker fix here.

Our last day in ATX we visited the peacock sanctuary.

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Beautiful birds and flowers. I love water lilies, especially these vibrant pink ones.

So that was the end of our trip to Austin, ::sigh:: I hope to go back sometime soon.

Baby Bug’s Birthday Part 1

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It was Baby Bug’s birthday yesterday! We were able to have the party on his actual birth day and Daddy was there, despite working all night the night before!

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We had stickers and hats set out for the kids to decorate their hats if they wanted.

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Some of the snacks

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The hot air balloon cupcakes from Sugar Bee’s in Arlington! I got a mixture of chocolate with chocolate filling and strawberry with chocolate filling. Delicious!

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A quick shot of the backyard through the screen door. Can you see the hot air balloons on the left?

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Me and one of my besties.

Most of these were taken as I hurriedly set up, before our guests arrived. My husband took a lot more pictures during the party so I’ll be uploading them next. I haven’t even seen them yet, so I’m really excited!

The Shops at Brown Stone Village

On a reconnaissance mission to Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery to check out cupcakes for Baby Bug’s Birthday I realized that they were located in my long lost The Shops at Brown Stone Village in Arlington.

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It’s been years since I came here and I had forgotten its location. I remembered thinking it was a nice place and I’m glad I rediscovered it.

Anyway, Sugar Bee’s , is a boutique and bakery located in central Arlington. I had googled for a good cupcake place in the area and they had a solid rating so we went and checked it out.

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The interior was modern and stylish and the cupcake sample Baby Bug and I shared was very moist, but a little too sweet for my taste. The owner was was very warm and helpful and I ended up ordering the cupcakes for his party there after all. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they realize the design we decided on. Of course, I will post pictures of them when the time comes.

Afterwards we went on to the shops across the way.

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It was pretty much how I remembered it. Some cute stuff, some mundane. Still worth a look if you happen to be in the area.

A Tearoom Worth Visiting

A couple of weeks ago I was searching my area for any cool cafes and I found one in Golightly’s Antiques and Tea Room. Not a regular cafe, but a tea room with in an antique store. I’ve seen tea rooms within antique stores before and they are usually not impressive. Some dimly lit little hole in the wall with dust gathering on the fake decorative ivy, and few choices on the menu. Not so fun. But, this place was actually really nice.

I had Baby Bug with me and we rolled on back to the tea room. There were about 5 other customers so it was not totally empty, but not too loud either. I ordered the pick 3 sampler with quiche, half a panini, and fruit to share with Bug.

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It was a little more expensive than, say, Jason’s Deli, but the food was good. The portion would have been about right had I not been sharing my food, but I tend to eat more than other people (gimme a break, I’m nursing!).

After lunch we took a look around the shop.

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I didn’t take that many pictures when we were there, but I got these from their blog.

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I love it! I can’t wait to come back and bring some one. 🌷Oh, and it looks like they’re having a sale next weekend! Check it out!

Anyway, yesterday we were at the mall and saw this.

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Purikura! Haha
I guess now I don’t have to go to Ktown to do purikura now.
We didn’t have time to do it so I’ll have to test it out next time.

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Birthday Snow Cones

This summer, coming to a 1 year old’s birthday party near you…

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Snow cooooooones!! On demand! 🍧
I’m pretty excited about this, obviously.

I had planned to have cupcakes at Baby Bug’s birthday party, but then my grandma went and ordered this super cool snow cone machine from William Sonoma that arrived today. So, a sugary good time is sure to be had by all!

Until then, I am really wanting to try this
delicious sounding recipe from the Kitchy Kitchen.

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Home made pizza and Egg salad sandwich with…yogurt?

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I am tired. Today Baby Bug woke up early and I couldn’t get him to nurse back to sleep, try as I might…so I’ve had two cups of coffee, and I’ve been trying my best to keep him happy despite his all day crabbiness, and keep the apartment and myself looking presentable. So I am feeling drained and like I need something fun to look forward to.

Last night my husband made another delicious pizza for us. We used the fancy little pizza cutter and everything. 🍕

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Then for lunch I made some healthified egg salad with this recipe. The major change is swapping most of the mayo for Greek yogurt. My verdict: so-so. To be fair though, I didn’t add any mayo because I didn’t want to buy a whole big jar-o-mayo for one little egg salad recipe. Now, if they had little jars of mayo available that would be nice. So that probably made it more bland than it would have been otherwise.

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I guess tomorrow it’s supposed to rain again. April showers bring May flowers and all that…
🌸☂🌻☁🌺⚡🌷💧