Tuesday, July 19, 2016

All Star Break!

A few weeks ago, we got to enjoy a few days off for the All-Star break! The season is long and can get pretty exhausting, so having those few consecutive days off to relax and enjoy plenty of quality time together is SO valuable.

After finishing up the road series in Frisco on Sunday night, we immediately headed out to Athens to visit Cy's aunt. We LOVE getting out there any chance we can get- it is so peaceful and refreshing to be out in the country and spend time with family.

Tuesday morning we hit the road and headed to Fredericksburg! On the way, we stopped to have lunch at The Salt Lick BBQ in Round Rock (just north of Austin). If you recall, we ate at their original location in Driftwood on our anniversary trip last fall. So tasty!

We arrived at our Airbnb rental on a peach orchard just outside of town in the evening, and stopped by the store to grab some snacks. It was such a cute cabin, highly recommend! (click HERE to check out the listing)

The next morning, (after sleeping in laaaate) we enjoyed a tasty breakfast of cinnamon rolls and farm fresh eggs that our hosts graciously left for us before we hit the town to explore. Fredericksburg has an adorable main street lined with tons of neat little shops and restaurants! We spent most of our day just strolling through town checking things out! We stopped for a snack at the cutest little ice cream shop, Clear River- so tasty!! We headed back to the cabin to take a nap and hang out for a bit before dinner at Pasta Bella. It was very tasty!

Of course, Cy built a fire in the backyard that night, despite it being like 90 degrees outside. The man loves to build fires haha!

We enjoyed breakfast at Sunset Grill before heading back to Corpus to end our trip. It was such a low-key, relaxing couple of days for us!

Thanks for reading! Hope you are having a great week!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Baseball Wives: Meet Catherine + GIVEAWAY

*giveaway closed* 

Happy Sunday!! This week I want to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite baseball wives, Catherine Archer. Catherine and I were the lone wives who lived in Florida full-time last season when we were still with the Brewers. When Cy got traded, I cried because it meant I wouldn't be with Catherine anymore lol!! She is SO great! Keep reading to get to know her, and at the end she just might be giving a piece of her fabulous jewelry line away to one lucky reader!!


 1. How many seasons have you been in baseball, college and pro ball?
This is our 6th year of baseball together- holy cow. That’s a lot of baseball.

2. How did you and your hubs meet, and when did you realize that he was “the one”? 

Tristan and I met through a mutual friend my senior year of high school (I know- just a baby!) and he was a sophomore at my hometown college, where I later went as well, Tennessee Tech University. From the beginning of our relationship, I knew he was “different” or “special”, you could say, than the other guys I had dated. I wouldn’t go as far to say that I knew at 18 years old that he was “the one”, though. It wasn’t a specific moment that I knew he was the one, it was a time in our lives and in our relationship- when his professional baseball career got started. That first summer we had spent apart was the absolute worst and we both knew from then on that we didn’t want to be without each other. He’s the most selfless, humble, and loving person I know- I don’t know how I got so lucky!

3. How do you make the time pass when yall are apart during road trips?

Oh, gosh… road trips **currently rolling eyes**. Im just kidding.. sort of. This year they actually aren’t that bad, at least compared to last year. This year they’re only about 5 days long (last year was 7). Shamefully, I have to say that the majority of my time is spent binge-watching Netflix and cooking. Its actually really nice to be able to sit at home all day- no makeup, hair up, sweats on. Usually while I’m watching tv I’m also working on jewelry. So road trips are definitely a good time to get lots of work done before Tristan gets home.

4. What is one thing you have learned about yourself through life in baseball?

Baseball life has taught me so much about myself, as well as life in general. Ive learned that I really, really like to be in control, which as you and all the other WAGS know, is not even a remote possibility in this lifestyle. So from that, its taught me to learn to go with the flow and trust that God will lead us in the right direction.   

5. Tell us about your sweet pup Squirrel!!!

Aw my little Squirrely. He’s just the sweetest- he’s currently curled up next to me. He’s a Heinz 57 dog- part German Shepherd, part pug, part beagle, part terrier, and probably lots of other things. We adopted him last November from (strangely enough) a pit bull rescue based out of Illinois. It’s called Player for Pits and they feature athletes who are against animal abuse. Tristan is a part of their organization and has ALWAYS wanted to adopt from them. Stephanie (the founder) and her team are amazing and go completely out of their way to rescue animals- seriously the things they do are so wonderful. When we saw Squirrel’s picture we knew we had to get him, and it was the best decision! He’s so well-mannered (besides whining at animals he sees while watching tv), the BEST cuddle buddy, and such a good traveller.

6.  Baseball certainly has its’ highs and lows, but what is one of your favorite game-related memories?

My favorite baseball-related memory is definitely the time I drove up with my mom and surprised Tristan on July 4th 2 years ago! It was a spur of the moment trip and will always be my favorite trip my mom and I took together. When we got to the field, our seats were directly behind their dugout. I had been talking to one of the guys on the team before going up there (where they’re staying, if he can get tickets, etc.) So when we got there, he told Tristan to turn around and look in the stands and he had to do a double take before realizing it was me. His face was priceless and it was so much fun being able to surprise him.

7. What has been the most fun place you have traveled to see Tristan play?

Tristan has played in some interesting places- Helena, Montana and Appleton, Wisconsin his first two years when I wasn’t traveling, then Melbourne, Florida and now we are currently in Biloxi, Mississippi. My favorite of those definitely has to be Melbourne, FL. We were about 15 minutes from a beach near us and about 30 minutes from Cocoa Beach- so much fun! We made so many good memories during our first year traveling together, so that place will always hold a special place in my heart.

8. You are a fabulous jewelry designer, talk about how you got started and where you are at now in your biz!

Well, honestly, the whole reason Bow & Arrow is even a thing is because of Tristan. I’ve always wanted to make jewelry just as a hobby and a creative outlet. However, with college, planning a wedding, and working 2 jobs, it was impossible. So a couple months after we got married, one random night he decided we were going to Hobby Lobby and getting started on my new hobby (I made the jewelry, he just watched). In the beginning, I just made pieces for myself, my friends, and my family. After that, people from my hometown started wanting to buy some pieces and from there it just kind of took off (not without hard work, dedication, and late nights, of course). At this point, I’ve sold to customers across the country and have sold my line in over 20 boutiques. It’s actually really cool to think about. I honestly never would’ve imagined it would be where it is right now. It’s definitely not a “career job” right now, but I’m hoping one day it can be. It’s so nice to have some sort of income during baseball season, and not to mention something I enjoy doing.

9. When you go to starbucks, what is your order?

Oh, that’s tough. I almost always get an iced white chocolate mocha with skim milk and no whip just so I don’t feel completely terrible about all the calories. And if I’m feeling crazy, I might get a vanilla bean scone because why not??

10. If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?

I’m actually really terrible at these things.. BUT, if I had to choose 5 words to describe myself, they would be: funny (sometimes goofy), creative, driven, passionate, and loyal. 


Thank you Catherine!! Catherine has generously offered to give away a pair of these GORGEOUS earrings she just made! Use the raffle tool below to enter. Winner will be announced Friday 7/15/16! 

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