Tuesday Feature.

September 01, 2014



I have been so excited to share this company with you for weeks! As a Texas girl, born & raised, a good pair of boots is a must! Even my own brother's wedding had a Texas Rehearsal dinner theme, at prom the guys wore boots and every girl needs a good pair of boots to pair with a cute dress. 

These boots are incredible quality with a great { and huge} selection. Check them out!!! And don't miss out on the great deal below, xoxo! 



Founded in 2010, The Texas Boot Company began with Marc and Shelly Conselman's dream to pursue something they love by providing authentic styles, superb quality and comfortable fitting western wear at a fair price.

Marc's family has been in the boot business since 1965, when his grandfather opened a western wear store in Grand Prairie, Texas. Initially Marc took a very different path, one that would have him wearing combat boots instead of western boots, but when he decided to join his family in the boot business, he knew it was a perfect fit.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1996, Marc served in the Army for 5 years, leaving the service as a Captain in the Infantry in early 2001. When he returned home, he went to work for his parents in the restaurant industry before going to graduate school. During that time he learned that the restaurant industry, like the retail business, is hard work; it's a people business and his whole job was to find a way to make people smile.

"Marc went to business school at Southern Methodist University, where he met his wife, and then followed a more traditional career path. His time in ‘corporate America' left him yearning for a chance to get back to the basics of making people smile. A few years before opening The Texas Boot Company, Marc's work travel took him away from home on a schedule that was unsustainable for starting a family. Marc and Shelly knew they wanted to be a part of a community and when he began to navigate other states better than his hometown, they knew it was time to pursue their shared dream.

Their desire to be a part of their community led the Conselman's to follow in the family tradition and enter the western wear business. Initially, Marc approached an uncle about his boot business as he was interested in helping him build his brand at the time, but his advice was for Marc to do his own thing. Marc took that advice to heart and created The Texas Boot Company, a store as authentic as the boots they design. At the time Marc didn't realize it, but this was the best advice he could have been given at the time. Since then, they've worked hard to create a unique atmosphere where shoppers can browse an enormous selection with styles that can't be found anywhere else. In fact, one third of their Lucchese selection is designed in-house allowing them to provide exclusive boots that customers love.

Located in a small town, the Conselman's know they have to continually find ways to make The Texas Boot Company experience special enough for folks to make the drive, and if you ask them, its working out pretty well. Their passion continues to grow, consistently offering the best selections available, giving customers a chance to express their style and love for all things Texas.

Since the day their doors first opened, the Conselman's have worked hard to create a family store that produces smiles as big as their boot selection. In addition to Marc and Shelly, if you see the couple's bird dog, Beauxregard, or their daughter, fondly referred to as their little "Texas tornado" the next time you are in the store, make sure you say hello! They look forward to continuing their family tradition and being a staple in Texas for years to come! Its been a great journey so far, and the Conselman's are glad to share it with every customer that comes through the doors, because that's what really makes The Texas Boot Company such a special place.

The next time you're in Bastrop, just follow the smell of leather until you get to the Big Boot on Highway 71!"

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Use promo coded CaseyLeigh for $50 off any Old Gringo boots, or $25 off any Corral Boots.

Lately in Photos.

August 31, 2014

SWEET CORN, PEACHES, AND CHERRY SALAD with CREAMY GOAT CHEESE

August 29, 2014

Sweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co Photography

Mary Beth Johnson is a photographer, blogger, and journalist with a passion for finding beauty in unexpected places and celebrating the everyday. Originally from the east coast, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children (dubbed "schooners”). From an office full of fingerprints and walls scattered with imperfect artwork, she’s writing her first book, a memoir of her parents' journey in raising 14 children, and her own lifestyle blog, Annapolis & Company.

I feel like this salad is my ode to summer. My last hurrah for all things fresh and light and citrusy. With a cherry on top. ;) Because next thing you know it'll be September, school will be well underway, and we'll be breaking out the plaids and flannels and the soups and the pumpkins. I've got to admit. For the first time ever, I won't be ready in the slightest. Summer went way too fast this year and I want to cling to her with all I've got. Maybe head to the beach with the kids and defy autumn to hang on just a couple of more weeks. Who's with me?!
  Sweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co PhotographySweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co Photography

I'm already beginning to see signs of the changes in grocery stores. The price of fresh strawberries, corn, blueberries, and peaches are beginning to go up, and cranberries will soon get stocked in their place. We'll start to get back in my comfort zone of one-bowl soups and chilies and I'll begin writing about apples and butternut squash (my favorite!), but this summer has been good. It has stretched me in more ways than one and I've honestly loved experimenting in the kitchen with ingredients like goat cheese and essential oils. So here's to a summer well spent. I hope you've filled it full with fresh, good-for-you food and the people you love. Now here's one last summery salad....
  Sweet Corn, Peaches, & Cherry Salad // Annapolis & Co Photography

//SWEET CORN, PEACHES, AND CHERRY SALAD with CREAMY GOAT CHEESE 

  1 cob corn (1 cup kernels)
1 small peach, sliced
1 cup cherries, de-pitted
1 small shallot, sliced
6 cups of your favorite greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach etc.)
2 tbsp olive oil
6 - 7 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil, or to taste (you can also sub 1 fresh lime, juiced)
salt and pepper to taste
2 oz soft goat cheese Boil or grill 1 cob of corn. Once cooked, remove the kernels with a knife.

Slice the peach, cut the cherries in half and remove the pit, and slice the shallot.

In a large bowl, toss the greens, corn, peaches, cherries, and shallots with 2 tbsp of olive oil and the YL lime essential oil, or juice from one lime. Season with salt and pepper.

Plate the salad and then add the goat cheese at the end. Savor!!!! 


***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

American Blogger Available on iTunes.

August 28, 2014



Today is a big day! American Blogger is now available for purchase on iTunes (click here)

  I am so incredibly proud of Chris, so proud to know the women in this film, the stories that are told, the introductions that will happen because of this movie, the conversations & inspiration that will come from it. He poured his heart into this project and as you know it meant a lot to our family. I am truly excited to see how people are moved. Even if you aren't a blogger, I think there is so much inspiration to take away from it, I hope you enjoy! 

xoxo



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Cooking with Blue Apron!

August 27, 2014



I have to admit, I tend to have a set of recipes that feel comfortable to me and I normally just stick to them. But when Blue Aprona service that delivers fresh ingredients in a refrigerated box, all packaged in the right amounts for the recipes to make three different meals, reached out I got so excited to branch out and try something new in the kitchen!

To me, it can be so intimidating to tackle a new recipe filled with new ingredients but what I love SO much about Blue Apron is that everything you need comes right to you!! Including step by step instructions and even photos! All beautiful, fresh ingredients right to your doorstep. 

Not only did it push us to try new recipes but also because the ingredients come in the exact proportions, we aren't wasting anything since I don't have to buy a huge jar of expensive spices for a recipe that I may not make again for awhile. 



^^^ aren't these cards amazing?? seriously, takes the intimidation out of the kitchen! Six simple steps all written out for you with photos. ^^^



^^ When it comes to your door, everything is labeled in individual packages making it incredibly easy to work with. Once I pulled what I needed for the first recipe, then I just poured my ingredients into individual bowls. ^^^



All of the recipes take 40 minutes or less and my girls absolutely loved getting in the kitchen with me and helping step by step! 



Blue Apron allows you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home. Seriously gorgeous recipes! They will send you three meals per week – for two, four, or six people!! Meals are $9.99 per person with free shipping~ their recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives. 

There’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time! Ingredients are incredibly fresh and sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans. 



We absolutely loved our experience with Blue Apron and definitely will use them again!! I still cannot believe that I cooked something so beautiful and delicious!

Blue Apron is available in the US, shipping to over 80% of the country (you can see the full map of delivery zones here)

So excited to say that the first 50 readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order! 



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* post is sponsored by Blue Apron but all thoughts and opinions are my own!