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Living Locurto Retreat Recap

I’m excited to share this recap of the Living Locurto Team Retreat. I hope you will enjoy seeing some behind the scenes of Living Locurto! 

For 10 years, I have done most of the content here at Living Locurto all on my own with some contributors adding content occasionally. I’m happy to make a change and now have a small team of fabulous women. We had a great time away at a lake near Dallas, Texas connecting, learning, fostering our creativity and planning.

Meet Pam, Naomi, Natalie and Annaliese. I’m so thrilled to have them on the Living Locurto team!!! You can learn more about each of them here.  I’ll be sharing a lot of what we created for you over the next few months. You’re going to love it!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers with Amy Locurto founder of LivingLocurto.com

It’s been raining so much in Texas, I thought we would get rained out. But we had wonderful weather! I knew it would be fun when we were welcomed by a full rainbow!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Texas Lake Rainbow

I love planning retreats and the best way to start off a girls’ trip is with gifts!  The first thing that arrived for me to take on our trip was some beautiful flower arrangements from AboutFlowers.com .

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Fresh Flowers Roses

Did you know a new study done by the University of North Florida says that living with flowers significantly reduces daily stress? We filled our vacation retreat home with flowers and definitely let the stress float away!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Fresh Flowers

Thanks to Gracious Bridal Design House, I had these fabulous personalized tote bags to fill with goodies for the team.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Personalized Tote Bags

Each team member got a bag filled with goodies from Sur La Table, Red Duck FoodsGoverre and Original Jel Shots. Thanks to these companies for partnering with me.

Read to the end to enter to win some of these fun goodies!!!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Goodie Bags Sponsors

First, we checked out our lake house. Can you believe this HUGE shower?? HA! We had to get in for a photo.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers.

Second, we said cheers to a great weekend with our new Goverre portable wine glasses. These are  unique glasses that have a drink-through lid, be sure to check them out here. I plan to stock up for gifts!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Wine Glasses

Third, we pulled out goodies from our gift bags and got to tasting these fun adult treats from Original Jel Shots! They come in unique flavors such as banana and cinnamon. You can see all the flavors here. We decided the Blu-Razz (raspberry) was our favorite.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Original Jel Shots

Another fun gift were sauces from Red Duck Foods, a small Portland based women-owned, company committed to making superior organic sauces. They’ve recently launched a new taco sauce with three fun flavors! I love supporting women-owned companies and really love these flavorful sauces. Be sure to look for them in your local market or order online here.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Red Duck Foods

To practice our photography skills, I baked a Better Than Sex Cake with our new bundt pan from Sur La Table. You cake find the recipe here. It’s AMAZING!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Better Than Sex Cake Recipe

We also made this amazing cocktail that I will be sharing soon! It was super fun to photograph and taste test.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Cocktail Recipe

Since a few team members had never been to Dallas before, I made sure we took some time off to enjoy the Texas countryside and a fabulous dinner at a local winery. We also hit up a small town Whataburger, which is a MUST do when in Texas.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Texas Winery

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Texas Winery

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Pool Lake House

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We had so much fun. I personally feel so energized and can’t wait to share more of the creative ideas we did at the retreat soon. Be on the lookout for a lot of fun content coming soon!!!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Deeleane!

Follow directions below on how to enter to win The Nordicware 1/8 Sheet Pans and 6 Cup Anniversary Bundt pan from Sur La Table. Giveaway value $56

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  1. That shower would be hard to beat, but time with girlfriends and nothing else to focus on, that set aside bit of time, would be incredible.

  2. I would love to be with a bunch of fun ladies and eating good food, seeing the country side.

  3. Having other women to talk to!! I love my men (Hubby Son and Grandson and 2 male dogs) I am always completely outnumbered ay home and as we live a good distance from other friends and family surrounded by Farms I don’t get a lot of chances to hang out with other women often. Sometimes it is months at a time,

  4. The whole experience looks wonderful to me! Exploring the Texas countryside and having dinner at the local winery sounds fun as well

  5. I would have enjoyed the time away and the beautiful weather but most of all a slice of that Better Than Sex cake!

  6. I would have enjoyed the complete relaxation of having just ME time!! Of course, enjoying some adult beverages are on the top of my list as well! Beautiful getaway!!?

  7. I would have loved the whole experience. From getting to spend time away from everyday life, to having new adventures, to trying new things and bonding with new people. The best part…all of food and drink!!

  8. Definitely a toss up between spending time with friends (because I don’t get those types of retreat outings very often) and visiting Whataburger (I’m from Texas but living in MN, and visits to Texas have always included at least one commemorative trip to Whataburger!).

  9. What a wonderful way to work. Lots of great women bouncing ideas from one to the other. While all the while enjoying each others company and Cake and lots of other goodies. Oh! and Whataburger couldn’t go without visiting there if in Texas. Lived there for twenty years and loved those. Sounds like a wonderful trip and could get so much accomplished in a fun environment. Love your ideas and recipes, crafts etc. And sounds like you have a wonderful team to start creating more can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

  10. I would have loved getting away from it all – leaving everything behind just to relax and enjoy the company of other women. Plus sharing meals and cocktails would have been a great bonus.

  11. I would have loved that big shower. I love the water, so I would have just turned it on and stayed in there for hours. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  12. I would’ve loved getting to meet you & the other talented ladies on your team! Thanks for a chance to win!

  13. I would have love visiting that winery (mostly just drinking wine)!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  14. Enjoying time with lady friends in a gorgeous locale…and eating that cake! Looks like a wonderful getaway.

  15. So glad you enjoyed your retreat. I am very thankful for the rain. Keep up the delightful post and now you have help maybe you
    Can enjoy life at a slower pace. Blessings, Mary

  16. Would have loved relaxing by the pool with the other ladies. Forgot to leave comment before, so I am re-entering.

  17. I would love spending time with all of the ladies and catching up. The wine vineyard would be fun to visit as well as relaxing by the pool.

  18. Would have just loved getting away. Why is life so stressful!! It is a blast to just relax and visit with other human beings. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. I would just love to be around such creative people…sharing ideas and just enjoying great company!

  20. Being with a team who have the same interests and being able to create and share ideas and just have lots of fun together……that is what I would have loved the best!!

  21. I also follow you on Instagram. Actually you’re the reason I ended up on Instagram. That’s where I met my husband Amy, so thanks for getting me to follow in the first place. He’s amazing and perfect and it’s all thanks to you darling.

  22. I would so have loved just hanging out with good friends and enjoying the break from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. It is so beautiful there. And the flowers. Oh I’d love to have been there. Thanks for the goodie giveaway. You’re always amazing and this is just another way.

  23. Hope this is the right
    I have enjoyed your site many times and I would love to meet you and your workers and enjoy the getaway I do hope you read this and choose me I’m fun

  24. The fun and fellowship would have been my favorite part – but the cocktail looks pretty darned yummy, so I might change my mind after trying it ….

  25. I would love to have had all those flowers around me and also time to relax and do fun things like the winery tour!!

  26. I would have loved the scenery and the goodies! Sounds like you all had a blast so hanging out would have been so much fun!

  27. Hello,this is Paula from paulac1970@mail.com I would have just enjoyed being with really good people and enjoying the fresh air and forget the everyday life for a little while! Thanks for the chance to win some really good stuff! And thank you for everything you do and share with us!

  28. Just being near the water with good friends and sipping on your favorite cocktail sounds so relaxing; that’s what I would have loved the best of the Living Locurto Retreat!

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