On Sunday, Sis and I headed out for an afternoon of shopping and tea drinking.

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We headed to the West end of town. I can’t believe how much it’s grown over the years. I know I’ll sound like my dad when I say this, but I remember when there was nothing here but grass and rocks. lol 😛 I used to hang out at the Reedy River area when I was in high school and hardly anyone thought this area was interesting.

My how times have changed!

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Even though it was July 3rd, I put on my red, white, and blue top to be festive since it was sort of a holiday weekend.

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Sis and I headed to O-Cha tea bar for bubble tea.

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I got the Thai flavor. Look at those yummy bubbles!

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We also got some edamame as a snack.

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And Sis brought a book to read and I brought my macbook to work on the blog.

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We totally spied a bridal shoot across the river! I bet those photos are going to turn out gorgeous!

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Next up, we hit up local fave Barley’s for lunch. Since they are famous for their beer selection, I got a beer sampler.

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I got the house favorite sampler, which came with 6 fun beer samples. Too bad I didn’t have hubby there to help me finish them all!

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We shared some of Barley’s famous garlic knots.

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I also got a spinach salad.

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And we each got a piece of cheese pizza. The crust is amazing! If you’re nearby and you like pizza, definitely check this place out!

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Next up, we went to the mall to check out some make-up. I found the Urban Decay Naked Palette!! This thing sells out like crazy, so if you see it, get it! There are 12 gorgeous neutral shades that will blend together beautifully.

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After our afternoon adventures, we got down to our Fourth of July themed baking project. And I must show you that if you want to make those super-cute cupcakes, you have some options for the “star” sprinkles topping.

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We chose the small white nonpareil sprinkles for simplicity, but there were also larger balls and even *be still my heart* edible glitter…in star shapes!!! Next time, I’m probably going to have to go for those stars. 😉

Click here for the Fourth of July cupcake recipe and photo tips!

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Which sprinkle topping do you think would go best on these patriotic cupcakes?