A Girls Weekend in Frisco, Texas

Travel blogger Amanda Martin's weekend guide to Frisco, Texas
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Howdy, ya'll! You may or may not know this, but I grew up in Texas and didn't move to Oklahoma until college. Oklahoma is where my heart is but Texas will forever feel like home. I consider Argyle/Denton to be my hometown since it is where I grew up and went to high school but I lived in Frisco when I was a little girl and it holds some pretty awesome memories, as well. So, that being said, when Visit Frisco reached out to me and offered to host me for a weekend trip, I knew I had to jump at the chance to go "home."

Since I was heading back to my roots, I asked my mom to go with me! Girl's weekend getaways are always good for the soul and Frisco was the perfect destination as it was only a few hours drive away from both Oklahoma and Arkansas (where my parents live now). Frisco has changed a LOT since we lived there in the 90's....I remember when Preston Road was two lanes and had cow fields on either side! Now-a-days, Frisco is a lively, bustling little city filled with upscale shopping, restaurants, the Dallas Cowboys practice facility and so much more. I'm including all the places we visited below.

AOK Guide to Sedona, Arizona

travel blogger Amanda's OK guide to sedona, arizona

Hey, what's up, hello! Long time no blog post, eh? I have taken a little step back from blogging (and social media in general) in 2020 and it has been so refreshing. It has allowed me to focus on figuring out my new job, nurturing my marriage and learning to love life and myself again. All good things! I have very much enjoyed my two month blogging break.... it reminded me that it's OK to spend little less of my time with my face in my phone/computer. That being said, I still value this little corner of the internet and love getting to share my life and travels with you all....whether that be in my own backyard, around Oklahoma, around the country or around the world! I kind of want to shift my blog to me more travel focused moving forward as that is where I find the most inspiration and feel the most passion!

For my 30th birthday C and I spent a long weekend in Sedona, Arizona and absolutely fell in love. It was one of those places that truly took our breath away. It was not only beautiful, but peaceful, relaxing, active, delicious.....all the things. I can say without a doubt that Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I've seen in the United States (and I've seen a lot of places). I can't recommend it enough!

My 2020 New Years Resolutions

Oklahoma City blogger Amanda Martin's new years resolutions for 2020

I’m not sure how it happened so quickly but it’s time to say au revoir to 2019 and hello to 2020! This year was such a whirlwind filled with travel, new opportunities and lots of learning but along with it came my fair share of trials and frustrations.…per the usual! It’s all about the balance and enjoying the mediocre days in between the good and bad ones, right?! I’m excited to see where the new year will take me and I love being able to start fresh on January 1st. It’s the perfect time to set goals and it is easier (and more fun) to stick to them when the whole world is working to keep their own resolutions along beside you. I’ve teamed up with Red Diamond to share my 2020 New Years resolutions below!

But first…. New Year’s Eve! No matter how big or small my New Year’s Eve plans are, I always love to add a little sparkle to my outfit. C and I have started a tradition of getting pizza with our best married friends and sipping drinks / playing games on the couch until 12:01 when we all go to bed. It’s a quiet night but a fun one and one I always look forward to. I know this year we will be sipping on Red Diamond Iced Tea before breaking out the bubbly at midnight. You can find my recipe for sweet tea sangria in THIS post - not to toot my own horn, but it is a super yummy and refreshing drink, just saying!

Red Diamond’s motto is “Perfect’s Not Easy” and I think that aligns so well with New Year’s Resolutions, don’t you? You come up with the perfect idea of who you want to become but it’s not easy to get there…it takes hard work and consistency, as does making the perfect tea!

Christmas Netflix & Chill

I'm always down to "Netflix & Chill" but there is something extra special about it during the holidays! Relaxing by the light of the tree, cozied up in my favorite Christmas PJs and sipping a cup of hot chocolate....it is just the best!! There are so many classic movies I watch every year but I also love adding new holiday movies to the watch list.

I've been v. busy watching my favorite Christmas movies, both new and old, so I thought I would share some of my favorites that are available for streaming. Along with it, I rounded up the cutest Christmas jams on the world wide web....I've already snagged a few pairs for myself!

Okie Gift Guide

okc blogger amanda martin shares ideas for local oklahoma themed christmas gifts

Hi friends!! I'm totes slacking on gift guides this year. To be honest, creating gift guides takes a TON of time and energy and I just haven't had enough of it to go around lately (incase you didn't know, I just changed jobs and it has been taking a lot of my attention). Shopping and searching for gift ideas online has been at the bottom of my to-do list......but there are tons of other amazing bloggers out there who have you covered on chain stores and big online businesses! However, I did want to give some shoutouts to local businesses I love and share some gift ideas right here in Oklahoma City.

I love to gift Oklahoma City themed apparel or Okie gift baskets to friends / family that are out of state.....and those in state, as well! It's like sharing a little piece of home with those I love. Plus, gift cards to local places allow me to treat myself which I thoroughly enjoy!!

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