Wine, Chocolate, Josh Cellars, Ghirardelli, Ghirardelli Cookies

A Sweet Pairing – Josh Cellars Wine, Ghirardelli Chocolate & Two $75 AMEX Giveaways

Disclaimer: This shop has been sponsored by Josh Cellars Wine and Ghirardelli Chocolates. As always, all opinions are mine alone. #ghirardelli #joshcellarwine #asweetpairing #shop

Being on the go is hard! Between work, school, events, traveling and everything in between, it sometimes seems strenuous to sit down and enjoy the moment. Well, there’s news – it doesn’t have to be!

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s important to remember that it’s the thoughtful things that can make the biggest difference. Sometimes we don’t always have the most time but it’s the special time that matters the most. One of the best date nights are the simple ones. For this upcoming Valentine’s Day, if you’re going on a trip or staying home, these simple tricks will make for a perfect evening.

Step number one: Grab a bottle (or two) of Josh Cellars Wine. Found in almost every store I’ve been to recently, Josh Cellars has a wine for everyone. Looking for a rich bouquet of flavors featuring hints of blackberry, cinnamon and toasted almonds, try the Cabernet Sauvignon. Maybe you’re a fan of white wine, there’s a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well. Josh Cellars Wine has options for every wine lover.

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Step number two: Chocolate. Ghirardelli Chocolates is one of my ultimate favorites. It’s always on hand around the Christmas holiday’s and its only right that we incorporate the things we love the most on Valentine’s Day!

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Looking for a new twist? Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies but WAIT! Let go of the chocolate chips and grab your favorite Ghirardelli chocolates. Chop them up, mix them in and bake away. For a variety, cut the batter into different bowls and use different chocolates for each. I used the caramel and it’s delicious. Taking a bite into a cookie with the surprise caramel bite makes it extra special.  ASweetPairing_9332 ASweetPairing_9333

The pairing between Josh Cellars Wines and Ghirardelli chocolates will make this Valentine’s day extra sweet! Grab your favorite bottle and Ghirardelli Valentine chocolates (and even some fresh baked cookies) and surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day!

Looking to make it extra special?! Josh Cellars and Ghirardelli Chocolates have provided an opportunity to giveaway two $75 American Express gift cards.
What will your #ASweetPairing combination be?
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All Western Parade, Rodeo, Fort Worth, FWSSR, Texas, El Paso Sheriffs Posse

All Western Parade, Fort Worth

#FWSSR #AllWesternParade

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For the past 120 years, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been held in Fort Worth. On the first Saturday of the festivities, the All Western Parade is held in downtown Fort Worth. This is the biggest western themed and non-motorized parade in the world. In the world folks!

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On Saturday morning, we lined the streets along with other eager (and cold) guests to take part in the parade. This event exemplifies the history, tradition and heritage found in Fort Worth. Known for the Stockyards, this is the event that meets the wild west, cowboys, cowgirls and the history and tradition that has made this city what it is today. This event is free although you can pay for reserved bleacher seats however I would say to grab a couple chairs and find a spot along the parade route. It’s free and there was plenty of space. Be prepared, the parade lasted over an hour and a half.

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The parade was incredibly unique! First, when have you ever attended a non-motorized parade? I can honestly say this was my first. No vehicles – the means of transportation included riding an animal, be pulled by an animal (via a wagon) or your own two legs. There had to be well over a thousand horses. Participant’s included local organizations and community members, local public service organizations (such as the Fort Worth Police Department), out-of-towners (the El Paso Sheriff’s posse was one of my personal favorites as you’ll see with the pictures) as well as American and Mexican participant’s in traditional garb.

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With the tradition that is exuberant in Fort Worth, this is one event that you may never find anywhere else. You’ll be entertained, the kids imagination will go wild – it’s definitely enjoyable for everyone involved. Welcome to the Wild West folks! Now, I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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This town is full of history, yesterday’s and today’s.
What is your favorite part of the Wild, Wild West?

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New Years at The Ranch

Last August, I may have found one of my top three favorite places in Texas. This ranch in the middle of the Hill Country is amazing. Beautiful, relaxing, peaceful. It’s my perfect getaway. I have way too many photographs to share in one post so I’ll start off with some of my favorites.

Cows. I have a soft spot for these herefords.

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There’s also these African animals. Wildebeests, kudu, oryx… amazing.

The wildebeests and the cows, well it turns out they’re friends. They were hanging out peacefully. (I’m still trying to figure out if I should or shouldn’t be surprised by this.) Wildebeests are pack animals. Turns out you can be exiled from the group. We saw a solo wildebeest who was out on his lonesome.

The kudu (the animal with the twisty horns below) were terrified of us. It was hard to grab a photo of them up close. Maybe next time.

Its so amazing to see these animals roaming around. I’m pretty certain this was a day in paradise to photograph and watch.

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Then there were the turkeys simply taking a stroll.

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Now I’m really excited – the elk! (I’ve saved the best for last.) This past summer, I saw one or two elk from afar hanging out in a lake. This visit, I was in for an incredible surprise. Our tickets were front row and center. First off, there was no fence between us and elk. And they are so beautiful. We had stopped to take some photos of the African game and the elk followed us over. They were ready for their photo-opp and to photobomb. How many can say they’ve been photobombed (or taken selfies) with a herd of elk? I’m fairly certain that we could’ve just grabbed some chairs, opened a cooler and sat and watched them all afternoon.

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I couldn’t have thought of a better place to be at the start of the new year. The perfect company, beautiful scenery and the best place to enjoy the outdoors.

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Cheers for an amazing 2016 to you and yours!