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The George Hotel Staycation & Poppy Giveaway

So if you’ve been following me for at least a few months, you will know that we love the Cavalry Court and The George Hotel. We did a staycation weekend at both recently and even got to include our little Bucky the Bulldog one night at Cavalry Court. You can see our entire weekend overview blog post here. I just did a giveaway for Cavalry Court and named a very deserving winner on Valentine’s Day. Hannah Hejl is engaged to get married to a man in the military and due to his schedule, they aren’t able to take a honeymoon for a little while. So they will be enjoying a little staycation at Cavalry Court.

Grant and I were also asked to be the bride and groom models for The George Hotel’s feature with Two Be Wed and Bliss Bridal Magazine. We were featured on the cover and the shoot was very red, white, blue and Texas themed. Grant and I love doing bridal shoots together. Bridal shoots are way less stressful than a real wedding or event, plus I love to tell the photographers that we are a real married couple so to be sure and ask us to publicly kiss lol.

I am now giving away a staycation to The George Hotel and an appetizer and round of drinks to The Poppy Restaurant. Poppy is George Bush’s nick name and Grant and I went there for Valentine’s Evening Dinner. They are a fine dining restaurant that focuses on smaller portions (that average $12-$14 each) and the idea is each person would order 3-4 different items to make up a meal. Valentine’s Day was on Ash Wednesday, so we ate seafood only. Our favorites were the tuna tartare appetizer and the salmon main course. There are large windows on both the front and back that overview a court yard and The George Hotel’s pool, plus the seating areas inside the hotel are super chic. I feel it would be the perfect place for a meeting or happy hour as well.

On top of the winner’s stay at The George and the appetizer and drinks at Poppy, I will also come to meet the winner for a cocktail at Poppy if the winner requests so. This would be perfect for anyone local to BCS as well as anyone traveling in. I love all the new that our town has to offer, especially The George and Poppy.

This was on Valentine’s night. I took some photos of our favorite foods and to show you all the portion size.

I’m wearing a gorgeous blush pink Ivanka Trump dress that you can purchase here.

More from our bridal shoot:

To enter this giveaway, you must complete the following:

1. Like this photo on my Instagram and tag 2 friends.

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STAYCATION GIVEAWAY ‼️???? Tonight on my blog I am giving away a night at @thegeorgetexas and a round of drinks and appetizers with me at the all new @poppyfarmtofire restaurant! To enter: 1. Like this photo and tag 2 friends. 2. Tap the link in my bio to find the final requirements at the bottom of my latest blog post. Winner announced Thursday March 15 and exclusions are listed within the post! You'll also see more photos from our Texas themed bridal shoot at The George styled by @twobewed for the cover of @blissbridalmagazine! Makeup by @leannaduran_mua owner of @naturallyflawless ❤️????❤️ #RandaCarrabba #TheGeorge #BlogGiveaway #CollegeStation #Poppy #GrantAndRanda

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2. Share this post on Facebook and “Like” The George Hotel.

3. Comment below on this blog and tell me why you want to win and why you would want to meet me for a drink at Poppy.

Prize must be redeemed within 1 year and is not valid on Texas A&M Home Football Game Weekends or Holidays.

GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED.  Congrats to Kate Hollis.  Thank you to everyone who entered!


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    Alexia Bishop

    February 21, 2018

    I’ve been dyyyying to have dinner and a glass of wine at Poppy since I saw it opened! It looks like such a cute little place for a fancy night out with girl friends or with the hubby! Nothing like sharing good conversation over a glass of wine in a neat atmosphere!

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    February 21, 2018

    We should have drinks because I live here and think our one night of drinks would lead to a friendship. Obvi. And I also missed you at Traditions new members social so we have that in common too!

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    Caroline Shaheen

    February 21, 2018

    Hi Randa!!! My name is caroline and i would love to win this giveaway because I’m absolutely in love with you and your best friend, Emily! I actually bought a ring wrap from her back in may and ever since I’ve followed both of you. You are seriously an inspiring and gorgeous woman. I’m currently planning my dream wedding and i LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to see your beautiful pictures as #goals and inspiration. I would love to meet you face to face! Even if i don’t win you rock, girl! Keep doing you, boo! Much love!!!????

    Ps: i probably won’t win because i don’t have a Facebook 🙁 so i can’t share this or like the George hotel on Facebook, but i did follow them on Instagram!

    P.s.s you follow me on Instagram!! So i feel like I’ve already won anyways! ????????

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    February 21, 2018

    I could really use a weekend or even a night completely to myself(lol). I’m sure a lot of people would use this with their significant others but I am a single mom of two and don’t get very much time selling at all and I feel like this would be the perfect little getaway for sure!

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    February 21, 2018

    Not to sound creepy but I’ve followed you and your boutique for years (southernjewlz is my favorite place to shop) I love your sense of style so much that I’ve even bought some of your outfits from your like to know it section. You and your hubby look so incredibly happy I wish to find something like that. And also your fitness journey is inspiring and you sure seem to have a lot of motivation!!

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    February 21, 2018

    My husband and I have been married 10 years in August! We wanted to do something big but with 4 kids it’s so hard to get away! This would be close yet far enough away to feel like a getaway!! It would be so much fun! I’ve been following you through your store southern jewlz for years! I would love to meet you in person and just give you a big hug for all of your hard work! My husband owns his own business so I know how much work and time and effort it takes! And sometimes you just need someone to hug you and say wow you’re doing a great job!! And of course I would love to thank you in person!!

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    Whitney H.

    February 21, 2018

    I would LOVE the opportunity to win because my husband is a police officer & we don’t have much time to take trips. They are typically small short trips when we can get out of Houston. I have ‘stalked’ The George since you’ve blogged/posted about it.

    Why I want to meet you?!
    – Fellow unicorn lover here
    – I love meeting Aggies, whoop!
    – SouthernJewlz shopper
    – Entrepreneur supporter
    Since you’ve opened up your life on insta I’ve followed, supported & loved reading what you have to say. You’ve inspired me to come out of my comfort zone & truly be myself! Thanks for your transparent content!

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    Chelsea Arant

    February 21, 2018

    First off let me start off by saying that you are such an inspiration and your life is goals!! I am always excited to see your posts because they are always so positive and inspiring. I think it would be so amazing to have a chance to meet you cause you’re kind of one of my idols! 🙂 This staycation would be great because I am currently student teaching in Franklin 40 hours a week and since that comes with no pay, I also work at Miramont on the weekends, so I work around 55 hours a week. It is absolutely exhausting but also so rewarding. I think this staycation would be a great way to relax and give me enough rest and stress relief to make it through the rest of student teaching. Thank you for this opportunity:) xoxo

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    February 21, 2018

    Well, where do I start? I absolutely LOVE trying new food and new places! I am currently going to school for marketing and always looking for he perfect place for meetings and clients!
    I also admire you (Randa) so much! All the pink, sequins and unicorns! Let’s not forget how ambitious, and motivating you are! My point is you are a role model to me, to have a nice cocktail and just to hear more about how you have become such a successful woman would be a amazing! I have countless friends and family in Cstat and would love to spread the word about The George’s Hotel! As they also have family and friends that need places to stay for game days, holidays and any other special occasion!

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    February 21, 2018

    Good evening! I am from Caldwell, Texas and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. While attending college, my neighbor tried to invite me to a few parties, but I kindly declined because I was focusing on myself and honestly had just gotten out of a toxic relationship. One day, my roommates dog ran out the front door and immediately ran to the neighbors who were outside. Ty and I became good friends and that turned into my favorite love story:) After graduating, we moved into his parents house in Cypress-we wanted to be married before we moved in together. My sweet Ty has been saving up for the perfect engagement ring for me (I told him I didn’t care what it looked like…I just want to be his wife) but he insisted on getting me the prettiest ring I’ve ever seen. I know he’s close to proposing because he keeps asking me what my ideal proposal would be…I think this little staycation would be perfect and romantic and it would also give us the opportunity to continue saving for a wedding and a house. I can’t wait to marry my soul mate!! It looks like I’ve also found my unicorn and my world finally feels complete;)

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    Sandy Maywald

    February 21, 2018

    My name is Sandy. I want to win this and meet you because I am a college student. I struggle with self-worth and self-love. I need a weekend away to just relax and take care of myself.

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    Jeanette Bueno

    February 21, 2018

    Hello ????
    Well first of all let me tell you I LOVE your style!! It’s totally goals! ♥️ There’s two reasons I would like to win this. It would be a difficult choice but here they are. #1 I was not able to spend Valentine’s Day with my fiancé because we live +9 hours away from each other and he works all the time!! I also had to leave out of town with my family so we said we’d celebrate when we were able to see each other again. So it would be totally amazing if I won and was able to surprise him. Reason #2 I would like to take my younger sister. She will be moving out of town and we are super close!! So if I won and I’m missing her a lot one day we could use this getaway and catch up. Plus the reason I would like to win and meet you is because my sister is an entrepreneur and I feel like she would love to talk to you and ask you a million questions. She’s just the most amazing person ever!! Also total weird coincidence but apparently my fiancé used to work with your brother and I was like whhhaaaaatt!!!!!? When I found out you two were related.
    So there you go!! ???? That’s my long story semi short lol ????????????????

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    February 21, 2018

    I would love to win this for my husband and I! We have been together since we where 15 and got married this summer! I moved down to College Station from Dallas when he got early acceptance to the Texas A&M school of veterinary medicine! I love what they have done with century square, it reminds me of home! I try to get over there as often as possible but have yet to try poppy! My husband is going into his 4th year of vet school where he will have very little time away from the hosbital and this would be such a great little get away for the both of us! Him from studying and me from work, I am a full time retail manager and hope to one day own my own boutique and get back into blogging (so hard with work) so I would die to grab a drink with you and just chat! I am loving your blog and this give away is just so gracious! Thank you!

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    February 22, 2018

    A getaway with my husband would be so much fun! We recently got married in September, moved to CA shortly after the wedding for his job and we are back in the greatest state of all—whoop! We’ve had a lot going on lately since our move back! Acceptance of a new job and patience on finding the right home for us in College Station. Our honeymoon was never taken (we will eventually, just not a priority) so the staycation would be a fun way to celebrate the new, positive things happening for us! Plus… who wouldn’t want to meet you ???? You’re an inspiration to so many people, including myself! I look forward to reading your posts, catching a glimpse of your daily routines and workout motivation.

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    Linzi Miller

    February 22, 2018

    Hi! My husband and I moved to Bryan last year after getting married. Ever since then we promised each other to try new things and push ourselves out of our comfort zones. We’re actually searching for our first home to buy, so it’s been kind of stressful. A little “staycation” might be just what we need. We’d definitely bring our little corgis with us, Pistol and Moxxi. They’d absolutely love it. We’d love to meet you and your husband, you seem like awesome people to get some drinks with! I love all the good things you’re doing and wish you both the best!

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    February 22, 2018

    I would love to win this little getaway for me and my boyfriend. He goes above and beyond for me so I’d like to do something out of the ordinary for us, and I think this is the perfect opportunity.

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    February 22, 2018

    Hi Randa! I would love to win this staycation because College Station holds a special place in our hearts. I come from a LONG line of aggies, and I one day hope to attend A&M for graduate school (it’s my DREAM). My boyfriend attended TEEX and is now a firefighter north of Houston. With his schedule, we don’t get a lot of time together and we would love this little staycation to get away from the stress of work. Plus – we would love to meet you for a drink! I have been following you for a few months now after finding you through my office’s instagram account (MIA Plastic Surgery) and have been a loyal follower since on my personal account. I would love to just chat about your time at A&M, your career, and of course BUCKY!!

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    February 22, 2018

    I seee y’all going to The George all the time and it looks like the perfect getaway without having to venture off too far. My boyfriend and I of nearly 4 years have been looking/shopping for a getaway for this May before he left on his internship and thought it would be the perfect spot! It would allow us to save some of our funds to the more adventurous things and splurge on a date while away. Randa, I have followed your boutique since you were in the cute little house off 30, to your big move on Harvey and up until now. You’ve always been a dear when I’ve personally shopped at SouthernJewlz & would just love the chance to chat over cocktails ????.

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    February 22, 2018

    This sounds soooo fun and relaxing, I’m new to Texas so I most definitely want to try as much ‘Texan’ opportunities as I can. I recently moved from South Dakota! The opportunity to sit down and chat would be extremely heart warming- to hear about your success, how you entered the health and wellness field, and life advice in general! These are all areas you excel in. Your accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, rock on sister!

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    Ashley Hughes

    February 22, 2018


    I want to win…no I NEED to win this staycation because if I don’t I might just lose my mind. I’m a former ag teacher turned stay at home Mom of two, and I seriously need a break. ????

    Why would I like to have a drink with you? No offense, but at this point I’d enjoy a drink with anyone if I didn’t have an infant and toddler pulling on my leg asking for cheez it’s or telling me they need to be wiped. But. I’d love to have a drink with you also, because I’ve literally watched you build your business from the ground up. My first purchase from you was when you were making jewelry at rock hollow. I’ve looked up to you for some time, and other than a quick hello at your booth or shop I’ve never actually gotten to enjoy a conversation with you.

    Fingers crossed I win, because the Lord knows I need this! Ps you’ve gotten me obsessed with unicorns so thanks for that. (:

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    Kendall Greenhaw

    February 22, 2018

    Hi Randa! I would love to win this giveaway because this last year has been a whirlwind — I had twin babies March of 2017 (which you know I call them my unciorns because I always wanted twins but everyone told me basically that would never happen so I believe they are unicorns because it’s pretty unbelievable) anyways I have been very busy being mommy to them and I have really felt like I have neglected my marriage and have not put my husband first. I’m working on that really hard. Work life balance is a real thing and I think you are a perfect example of making it all happen. I recently started working out because of following your blog and posts. Of course I would love to have a drink with you if I were to be chosen. Anyways, I really don’t just want to win this for me but for my husband and me. To have a weekend just us would be so magical and would not only make my day but his too! He’s an Aggie fan (because of me!) and has never been to College Station. I love making others happy just like you! You are totally an inspiration! Go you!

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    Hannah South

    February 22, 2018

    My fiance and I are getting married in March and we met in college station while I was going to school! This would be the PERFECT excuse to go back to where we first began. I’ve been following SJ on Instagram since before I moved to college station in 2013! Your store on Harvey was my fav place to go shop for new pieces! It would be such a great honor meet you in person! I’d love to hear about your fitness journey and your success story!

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    Melissa Thompson

    February 23, 2018

    Howdy Randa!

    After looking further into your website, insta, and Facebook I can see your infectious personality shine through your photos and posts. Your wedding and dress were breathtaking. I love wine and after looking at Poppy’s Instagram it would definitely be a place I would love to visit and meet you. My husband and I would love to visit college station as we are both Tarleton grads.



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