Hico Happenings

To start off my year right, I took a quick road trip to a small town called Hico, which is about an hour away from my hometown.
I made banana nut muffins the night before and packed a bag with a few more snacks to eat on the road and made hot chocolate in the morning to take with me.

I’m more of a scenic type of girl so I take back roads until I reach my destination.
Many of you may have never even heard of Hico, I’ll admit I didn’t know it was even a town in Texas until I stumbled upon it last year while making my way to San Antonio. At the time I was not able to explore it the way I wanted to and I knew someday I would visit again.

When I finally arrived in Hico, I made my way to the Koffee Kup which is one of Hico’s landmark restaurants.


Each meal is served with fresh rolls and cornbread and everything is homemade and from scratch.

Next I visited Opera House Antiques which was the towns former Opera house dated back to 1895!








Afterwards, I walked through downtown and saw this cute shop called, Hico Popcorn Works.



There are so many options to choose from and best of all, you are able to sample them all! In addition to popcorn, the shop also sold homemade fudge.

While walking through the town, I realized that most of it is untouched with it’s old charm and vintage advertisements still painted on the side of the brick walls of buildings.


If you are looking for a quick and quiet getaway with tons of antiquing, Hico is the town for you!

With love,

-R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: May

During the month of May, I:

  • Found a modern Kingdom Hall in Madisonville and made a new friend/pen pal.
  • Tried Rose shaped gelato from Amorino.
  • Hit it off with Jasmin who is someone I spend time with weekly.
  • Went on a road trip with my mother where we had the sweetest Airbnb host and loved our stay.


– R. Vargas

Shulammite Spotlight

During this months Shulammite Spotlight, I would like to shine the light on A Girl & Her Van.

Alex & Talkeetna roam around in her loyal VW and have the idea that a life lived passionately is better than any paycheck. 
I am currently obsessed with her blog and Instagram account and I’m sure you will be too!

Random fact time: I have wanted to save money for an Airstream/RV since I was a little girl to travel around and enjoy the simple life.
Needless to say this video encouraged me to keep on saving in hopes of someday having one of my own.

I’ll be going out of town this week on a road trip with my best friend Chelsea where we will be staying in the Airbnb of my dreams so stay tuned!


– R. Vargas

Road Trip Essentials:

When it comes to packing for a trip, I’m a bit of a procrastinator.
All I care about taking on a road trip are books, journals, and my camera.
I felt I should be a little more prepared on this trip though so I looked at a few blogs to help me keep track of what I need to pack with me in my carry on bag.

Thanks to these helpful blogs:

Daily Hailey 
Pop Sugar
Hot Beauty Health

I now have my Road Trip Essentials:

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  • Books
  • Book Light
  • Extra Pair of Glasses
  • Hygiene Bag
  • Make Up Bag
  • iPod+Charger
  • Camera+Charger
  • Charger Backup
  • Journals+Pens
  • Planner
  • Ziploc Bag for misc.
  • Passport
  • Coin Purse
  • Watch
  • Wallet

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Inside my hygiene bag:

  • Deodorant
  • Aromatherapy Oil
  • Face Creme
  • Body Scrubber
  • Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Gum
  • Q-Tips

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Inside my make up bag:

  • Lip Balm
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream
  • Pills
  • More Face Creme
  • Bobby Pins
  • Mirror
  • Cleaning Cloth for my glasses

I still have to pack my actual suitcase but I feel a little more at ease now that I have my Road Trip Essentials packed and ready to go!


-R. Vargas