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Happy 3 Year Anniversary To Us, Austin!

It's crazy to think it's been three whole years since I packed up my entire world in one duffle bag and one carry-on and made my way to the airport. Texas was uncharted territory and Austin was something I'd never seen before but my heart was telling me to I did. 

Here's what's been happening the past three years for those who are trying to keep track plus those back home who are just nosey. No shame...I see you. 

Whiskey Boat Bungalow
WBB was born this year and I'm so glad it was! I transitioned my personal Dreams + Gasoline blog into a unisex blog with Eddie K. Now you can find everything from home decor, DIY projects, dinner ideas, tool reviews, technology posts, etc. on the blog!

We are continuing to grow our brand and have a few opportunities in the works for collaborations in 2019. Fingers crossed this little piece of my heart grows into something everyone enjoys reading!

Loretta The Pointer
She's growing like a weed and has turned into the sweetest adult girl in the whole world. We couldn't imagine our lives without her. She's a ball of energy, has the biggest heart, and loves her backyard! If you wanna know more, follow along on her Instagram HERE

...and getting married SOON! This has been the highlight of my third year in Austin for sure! I feel so honored to be this man's fiancé and I can't wait until the day when he becomes my husband. We are getting married this winter in downtown Austin...just the two of us. Why? Because that's who we are and what we want. After all, isn't that what it's all about!?

Beechnut Bungalow
It's now been a little over a year since we moved into our house and we are THRILLED with the changes we've made. We still have lots of DIY projects coming and some big transitions in the works.  Stick around because we can't wait to keep showing you our progress along the way!

This year I've been able to travel to Nashville, back home to Maryville, and most recently Laguna Beach! Additionally, we have our honeymoon coming up and we can't wait to get back to Caye Caulker and spend a few days unplugged on the island!

Whiskey Boat Goods
We are still grinding away and seeing the benefits. Our little business is continuing to grow daily which has allowed me the opportunity to quit my job at The Vintage Round Top and focus more time and energy on marketing for WBG. We are hopeful that this holiday season will be one of our most successful to date!

Here's a few of my favorite posts from this year in Austin!

A Quick Trip Guide: Laguna Beach, California

We just got back and settled into our routine after a whirlwind of a trip to the west coast. Eddie was flying into Irvine for a work commitment and asked me to tag along to which I agreed. (side-note: I don't LOVE to travel. Maybe it's because I'm usually filled with anxiety about leaving our pup, flying, and just being out of routine. To learn more about my journey with anxiety check out THIS BLOG POST.)

After talking me into this trip, I started exploring places around our hotel that we could venture to during the day. Turns out, we were only about 20 minutes from somewhere I'd always wanted to see.....Laguna Beach. For those of you wondering, yes, I grew up watching MTV's Laguna Beach as a teenager. That is FOR SURE the real underlying reason behind my desire to travel there. 

We arrived in Irvine around 10am, checked into our hotel (we HIGHLY recommend the STAY by Marriott in Laguna Hills/Irvine. It's a great central location to many places!), and changed clothes before walking to grab some brunch down the street. 

We decided to eat at Snooty Fox (a 5 minute walk from our hotel) because it not only had great yelp reviews, but also served breakfast ALL DAY. I went with the Denver Omelet while Eddie had some sort of breakfast burrito concoction topped with chili. We both LOVED our choices. 

After that, we hopped in a quick (AND CHEAP!) 20 minute Uber to Laguna Beach. The ride was beautiful and well worth the $18 it cost us to get there. Seriously, that drive would've been $80 in Austin! 

We arrived in Laguna around noon which left us about 5 hours to tackle this tiny little beach town. Turns out, that was the perfect amount of time to wander the streets, get Eddie K a new haircut, ride the FREE trolley from downtown Laguna to Dana Point and back, eat the BEST gelato EVER, and have drinks at the perfect beachfront restaurant. 

If you're traveling to LB soon, here's a list of places you must go and things you must do:
- Gelato Paradiso: Stand in line, it moves fast, and it's worth it. I ordered the pistachio and Eddie K went with the strawberry cheesecake. We both agreed to order small cones and only eat a little bit of it so we could still enjoy a dinner on the beach later that afternoon. I must say, throwing away that last bit of it was more difficult than that time I decided to move from Tennessee to Texas. It's THAT GOOD y'all. 

- Laguna Beach Transit: This is a MUST if you wanna see the whole city in a short amount of time. Also, did I mention that it's FREE!? You just find your route, wait to be picked up, hop on and then hop off when you're ready. We went with the Long Route which took you from downtown Laguna Beach to Dana Point and back. The weather was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed our time sightseeing. 

- The Grove Coffee Shop: I was DYING for a good iced latte and this place REALLY hit the spot. Mixed in with shops of all kind downtown, it's a bit off the main path but worth walking to. Window shopping with an iced caramel latte was good for the soul. 

- Main Beach Park: This is where we started our journey on the beach. We walked for about 15 minutes and just enjoyed the rather chilly water, the views, and our time together. It was a great way to decompress. I'm not sure how enjoyable it would be to swim in, but lots of people were! Brr!

- The Deck on Laguna Beach: This is BY FAR the highlight of our time in LB for me. After our walk on the beach, we hopped up the stairs and were right there! This came highly recommended from my friend Jodie (check out her blog HERE) and I must say, it was everything I wanted it to be. We enjoyed two rounds of drinks and shared the shrimp cocktail appetizer because we were still stuffed with gelato. So yummy....and those views. I miss it already.

After our day in Laguna, we headed back to our hotel and made our way to the Jason Aldean show at FivePoint Amphitheater. If you ever get a chance to see a show there, GO. Awesome venue and you can't beat the weather in late September for an outdoors show. 

Here's a few more of our favorite shots from the trip:

Songs We Currently Have On Repeat: September 2018

Today I did a poll on my Instagram an a lot people said they missed my previously-consistent playlists from back in my The Tennessee Life blogging days. (Just for fun, here's a throwback to my favorite interview with the one and only Garth Brooks.)

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to bring Eddie K into the mix and do a collab! Below is our playlist for the month of September. Is this something you would be interested in seeing us continue from month-to-month?

Keep scrolling for the full Spotify playlist:

Morgan's List:
1. Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
2. This Feeling - The Chainsmokers + Kelsea Ballerini
3. Bad - Lennon Stella
4. I Do - Ashlee + Evan
5. Goner - William Clark Green
6. Mockingbird - Ruston Kelly

Eddie's List:
1. Eyes On You - Chase Rice
2. Lay Me Back Down - MRKTS
3. Waiting for the Fall - Sam Riggs
4. Stone - Whiskey Myers
5. The Fightin’ Side of Me - Merle Haggard 
6. Grey Hound Or a Slow Train - Tyler Booth
7. Kids That Did - Josh Phillips