Lucky Arrow: The Cutest Getaway in the Hill Country

You know that feeling when you’ve just been grinding away? You feel depleted. Tired. And desperately need time to get away with your SO, unplug and reconnect. That’s exactly how Cameron and I were feeling a few weeks. I mean both of us working full time and planning a wedding made us really need a vacation-some time to just get away with our two tiny pups and just have fun.

That’s when we found Lucky Arrow.

Nestled in the heart of the Hill Country in Dripping Springs lies the cutest hill country getaway you could imagine. And the best part is, it is less than 40 minutes away from Austin. So you can get away without going too far.

The Accommodations

Lucky Arrow is known for their unique yurts that are decorated to perfection. Since Cameron and I had the pups (did I mention they’re pet friendly?!) we stayed in one of their porch cabins. Which were absolutely so chic and incredibly comfortable. Plus they came with a vintage record player and albums! We were so thrilled to flip through all the records and go back in time for a few days. The room even came equipped with fun board games too and s’mores kits (which we definitely utilized)! And at night we played jenga and made s’mores snuggled up by the bonfire.

The Activities

Cameron and I love to hike, so every morning, we’d grab our coffee and hike around the Lucky Arrow property. The morning air was so refreshing and we’d grab a complimentary breakfast taco at the end of our hike!

One thing we absolutely loved about Lucky Arrow was all the activities they had planned.

The staff had provided a weekend of fun for all their guests with complimentary breakfast, beer garden, and live music in the evening. Not even to mention all the fun breweries and wineries they have nearby! Bell Springs Winery is walking distance and we had a wonderful time grabbing flights there! And 12 Fox Brewing was also very nearby and we had a great time ax throwing and hanging out there as well. We also grabbed a flat bread at the delicious Texas Hill Country Olive Co. There are also some incredible swimming holes nearby too-like the famous Hamilton Pool Preserve, Pedernales State Park, Reimers Ranch Park, and Krause Springs! Just make sure to plan ahead and book reservations as they fill up quite fast these days.

Lucky Arrow was the perfect getaway for the weekend. It was so fun to chat with their super friendly staff, watch Gizmo and Bowser make friends with the other pups on site, and just unplug for the weekend. Sometimes all you need to do is head out of town and get in the country to feel that crisp morning air with your person to feel completely rejuvenated and refreshed!

Lylas,

Rach

How We Found Our Dream Wedding Venue in Austin with Wedding Scout

Where it all began

7 months ago, the love of my life got on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. Before he could even get the words out, I exclaimed, “YES!” Just so things wouldn’t get too awkward and he knew my answer and wouldn’t have to wait (lol). Over the next month, I was on cloud nine (and still am-I mean have you seen the ring?!). I have been just floating through life with my brand-new fiancé eager to begin our lives together.

Then the planning started… 

Once we started planning the wedding, we had no idea where to start first. Neither Cameron nor I had any concept of just how much money goes into a wedding. I started randomly googling, “best wedding venues in Austin” and “average cost of a wedding.” The problem is, a wedding in Austin, Texas is going to have a very different price tag than a wedding in Shiner, Texas. And we even went to visit a couple venues, but nothing had that spark we were looking for.

And then one day, I stumbled upon an Instagram account that would change our entire wedding planning journey. 

I found My Wedding Scout

I remember being so excited and grabbing my Mac Book and running to show Cameron. Wedding Scout has all the best, most beautiful wedding venues of Austin listed right there on their site. But the best thing is they have a sample budget listed out for every venue. So, we knew right off the bat what we were getting into moneywise! 

And it gets better. 

Each venue has a video-walk through, so you really get the vibe and feeling for each venue!

My Wedding Scout is run by Ren Newey, a ten-year veteran wedding planner. The best in the industry, she provides detailed, insider knowledge for the overwhelmed bride on Wedding Scout. Once Cameron and I sat down and looked through all the venues, we knew we found our dream venue. We also compared our budget and knew it was within our price range!

The next week, Cameron and I visited in person and immediately felt that spark.

 The Italian architecture. 

Serene Lake Austin (where we had spent our high school years) surrounding it.

The eclectic, unique art scattered throughout the property. 

The towering oak trees shading the property. 

The romantic festoon lights casting an iridescent glow after sunset.

We stepped on this property and knew.

We immediately started tearing up because we knew this was the most special place we had ever set foot in.

We immediately saw the place filled with our closest friends and family: everyone busting a move on the dance floor, Cameron and I shoving cake into each other’s mouths, my dad crying as he walked me down the aisle, our first dance as husband and wife.

We just knew. 

We went down where we were going to say our forever vows and prayed over our marriage.

And we couldn’t have found this gem without My Wedding Scout. When we first found the venue on their website, we thought it was too good to be true. But then we sat down with My Wedding Scout’s budget checklist and knew we could swing it. It was also such a special time watching the virtual walkthrough on Wedding Scout with all my aunts and grandparents could see our venue when we went to visit! September cannot come soon enough.

How I Conserve Water and Help Our Planet

This post is sponsored by Waterl<ss Hair Care. I love being a part of the #WaterlessFam, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Lately I have been focusing my energy on ways to conserve our planet and it’s precious resources.

This means little adjustments like bringing reusable take-out containers when I go to restaurants to declining a straw when they offer it. The past few months, I have really honed in on the little things we can be doing that add up to make a BIG difference.

One of our earth’s most precious resources is water. The majority of our planet consists of water. The EPA actually projects that because the U.S.’ population has increased so significantly, they anticipate at least 40 states will have water shortages by 2024. So, I decided in 2020 to cut back on my water usage. But, I am a blogger, right? I talk about hair, beauty, and travel?! So, my hair has to look fresh and clean but I was dying to make an impact on this world by limiting my water consumption!

Enter Waterl<ss.

If you have followed my blog for any period of time, you know I love Waterl<ss. Not only do their products make my hair look, feel, and even smell clean. The heart of their organization aligns with mine. Waterl<ss started in Cape Town, South Africa during the Day Zero water crisis in 2018. Cape Town was bombarded with unprecedented water shortages due to intense droughts. People were faced with running completely out of drinkable water unless they could cut the city’s water usage to build back up a supply. Watlerl<ss was born in a time of crisis.

They made a haircare line that caters to all hair types that can be used without a single drop of water. Did you know a single shower can use over 10 gallons of water? That is water that can be conserved and used for other more important and dire needs. 

I know I am just one person, but it more people take small steps to save and converse our precious resources (like water!) our planet would be a lot better off! I challenge you to join me. You can start small, just cut out one shower a week! Instead opt to use Waterl<ss amazing products like their Dry Shampoos, Dry Conditioners, and Fragrance Mists. Forgo just one shower a week for a year and you will have made a big impact!

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How to Use Sin to Draw Closer to God

How to Use Sin to Draw Closer to God
Have you ever done something wrong and felt so awful and convicted that you thought you were beyond the salvation of Christ? Have you ever done something and then the next few days had a horrible feeling in your stomach and felt so disgusted about it that you felt like you could get sick at any second?

 

If you’ve ever felt this way, I have some great news for you. You are free from sin through Christ.
Any sin.
Every sin.
All sin.
Once you have realized your brokenness and accepted God’s gift of salvation through His Son, you are set free from all condemnation.
This is liberating.
This is exciting.
This is life changing.

But that feeling of the weight of your sin still won’t go away. You still feel convicted. I am going to go through some helpful pointers to remind you of your identity and some truths that should never be forgotten.

  1. A CHRISTIAN’S LIFE IS NOT MARKED BY SINLESSNESS, BUT BY REPENTANCE

Being a Christian does not magically mean you will never sin again. 1 John:8-9 states, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to forgive us from all unrighteousness.”

In fact the closer you get to the Lord, the more aware of your sin you will be. That means God will shed the light on sins that you used to think may not have mattered as much. Martin Luther said it best, “All of life is repentance.” As a Christian, you will mess up. And you will mess up bad. But the difference is having a repentant heart. That means turning away from the sin and looking to the cross.

2. YOUR SIN IS A CATALYST FOR WORSHIPPING JESUS

So you messed up again. You did that thing you PROMISED yourself you would never do again. You got convicted, prayed, and repented of the sin.

Now what?

Now you praise God for His unending mercy and grace for covering that sin by sending His perfect Son to die for you. Your sin reveals how much you desperately need God and revives a thankfulness within you to praise His Name all the more. Jesus is our advocate. He fights for us. 1 John 2:1-2 states, “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” He loves us.

3. YOUR FAITH IS STRONG BECAUSE OF WHO YOU TRUST IN

Your faith is rooted in the everlasting, all-powerful, all knowing God. That is where your faith gets its strength. It doesn’t get it from you being able to “be good” or follow every rule perfectly. If it was dependent upon that, you would fail. But no, your faith is derived from GOD. That is where it’s strength is from, not you. So you don’t have to fear because His love never fails (Psalm 136:1).

4. THERE IS HOPE

There will be a time when we are reunited with our Lord. At that time, all our sinfulness will be stripped away and we will be in perfect union with Him once more. Revelation 22:5 states, “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and the Lamb of God will be in it and the servants will worship Him. […] And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

We live in a broken world. We are sinful people who will mess up over and over again. But the mark of a believer is one who repents and is reminded of God’s salvation through His Son and praises the Lord through that trial. Whenever you sin, praise God for His unending and overflowing mercy that covers your life.

-Rachel

For the Girl Who Doesn’t Know Her Calling

For the Girl Who Doesn’t Know Her Calling
The wind gently pushed back her auburn hair as she gazed out over the hill country. She felt deep longing well up inside her-a desire to run, to be free, to see the world, to get away from the monotony of her 9-5.

She just wanted to go.

To impact others and do something big-something that mattered.

Frustration ebbed at her core- why hadn’t God revealed His plan for her? Shouldn’t she know what she wants to do with her life? At 25, shouldn’t she know her calling?

Deep inside all of us, we have a need to impact others-to make a difference. We all want to matter. Sometimes it is so frustrating to feel like we don’t know or understand God’s plan for our lives. Trusting Him can be difficult. Handing control over to Him can be one of the hardest things we’ll ever have to do. I mean we’re boss babes, right? We fix our problems. So completely relinquishing that power and control to the Lord can feel impossible, it can even make you feel sick to your stomach. Last year I remember not knowing at all what God’s plan held in store for me and I am still learning. I remember praying everyday that He would reveal His will for my life. I’ve come up with a few tips and things to remember as you are soul-searching and asking God for guidance.

  1. IF GOD IS YOUR #1, YOU CANNOT LOSE

If the Lord is at the root of your being-your guiding force in your life, you cannot lose. Remember Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?

Who can stand against the Creator of the Universe? Oh yeah and don’t forget-He is your Father.
God is for you.
He loves you, He is fighting for you.

Psalm 18:32-33 says,
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.”
God enables you.
He allows you to stand before His presence in confidence. Keep the Lord where He belongs-as the priority of your life and you simply cannot lose.

2. WAIT ON THE LORD

Today I was reading my Bible and I stumbled upon Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Sometimes God wants us to wait.
With our culture (and myself tbh) that probably doesn’t sit too well. I mean we live for instant gratification-we can see what all our friends are doing instantly on IG, be entertained instantly on TikTok, or if we’re hungry we just drive through Chick Fil A (AKA the Lawd’s chicken). So God telling us to wait seems contrary to what is ingrained within us. But through waiting-God is perfecting us-He is building trust within us and building our patience. When we wait on the Lord and seek Him that is making us grow increasingly more Christlike. And that is the ultimate goal- to resemble our Lord more and more as each day passes.

3. PRAY

If you are frustrated-tell that to God. He wants to hear about your sadness and annoyances. He wants to know.
He wants to know everything.
Remember Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” We have a God who is alive and active, He wants to hear your prayers. He isn’t passive eating bonbons in heaven, out of touch and uncaring. I know it can feel like that sometimes, I’ll be the first to admit it. But remember He died and defeated death just to know you. In Philippians 4:7 God reminds us,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Talk to God.
If you don’t have time-make time. Lately I have been setting five alarms and getting up extra early because it is literally the only time of the day I can find for the Lord.

You always make time for the things that matter to you, you wouldn’t ignore your BFF or your bf. You make time for those you love-including God.

Waiting on the Lord and wanting him to reveal His plan for your life is difficult. It takes trusting in the Lord and allowing him to work in His own timing. Focusing your heart on Him through prayer and making sure that He is Lord of your life is the best way to let him open your heart and reveal to you what His plan for you is. Remember Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Trust in Him and lean into His perfect strength, because when we are weak, He is strong.

-Rach