Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ballard Designs

Like I am sure most of you may, I get a Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn catalog in the mail multiple times a month. But without an endless supply of money lying around, home decor is something that is one and done in our house for several years. Saying all that, it never hurts to dream.

Pedestal Dining Table - I love the contemporary look of a pedestal table paired with traditional chairs. This would be perfect in a well-lit dining area.

Light Pendant - This pendant is perfect for that french rustic feel.

Decorative Quills - I mean who doesn't love a decorative feather. Kidding aside, these look like the perfect addition when you need that something to finish a space or complete a table.

Coffee Table - Acrylic seems to be everywhere these days and this table does not disappoint. Again another contemporary addition to a traditional space.

Side Table - I would love to redo our master bedroom and get a larger bed. I am also loving the look of these side tables next to an upholstered headboard.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Random Wednesday

I have been off-the-grid and I will own it. Life is busy and August is really outdoing itself with travel and event planning. Nothing like have a trunk show and two-year-old birthday party back to back but I can't wait to see the outcomes.

I like to take pictures of my kid and get really lucky when she pauses for .2 seconds. I nicely coerced her into taking a picture last week wearing this precious set I snagged during all these awesome summer sales. Little English is a brand we carry at J. Wills but I didn't launch with their spring/summer line. You best believe when they put this sweet bloomer and crochet top on sale I snagged those beauties for the next few months and next year.

I got a new planner and am not ashamed to say I am a planner-lover. I also love all things Rifle paper so this was a win all around. The best part is the hard cover but light-weight feel. The check-list style daily portion also makes my type-A personality feel at home.

Card Against Humanity truly is the game for horrible people but it sure can make you laugh.

Our annual college reunion happened last weekend and it was amazing...except for missing one lovely lady :(. Girls weekends are so good for the soul to get away, have some serious laughs and just catch up on life. Gosh I miss these ladies so!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Asheville, NC | Travel Guide

Before our trip to Asheville, I scoured to find local guides or inside tips. Well those are few and far between so I thought I would share our favorites:

We stayed at the Omni Grove Park Inn and it was fabulous! The resort is huge but the history behind it is unbelievable. At least ten presidents have stayed there along with famous stars, athletes and authors. But, the views are the best part. I am a sucker for a good patio and this one did not disappoint.

My tip is to ask for a room in the historic part. While the bathrooms are TINY it is kinda cool staying in an 100+ year old piece of history. We enjoyed many beverages in the hotel which have a great view on the sunset terrace or grab a rocking chair by the President's Lounge in the Sammons Wing. You can look over the mountains and watch the golfers.

We did what any tourist would do and tour the famous Biltmore estate. The home is, of course, gorgeous but it was HOT. The nationwide heat wave did not spare the mountains and it was pretty miserable. I felt a little woozy during one part of the tour due to no AC, no breeze and trekking up all those stairs. I recommend visiting in Spring/Fall.

That afternoon, we ventured to a newer part of the grounds for Aaron's clay shooting lesson. Given as part of his birthday gift, I thought it would a fun experience. All excursions take you to a gated part of the grounds where you can fish, shoot or offroad in the Land Rover experience. Aaron's instructor was so down-to-earth and I was pretty impressed by my man's shooting skills.

Another activity in Asheville is the breweries. I think the stat is they have more breweries per capita than any US city. Here are the few we visited:
  • New Belgium - This just opened and was my favorite. I like their beer and the tasting room was pretty impressive with a great view of the river.
  • Green Man - We didn't get a welcoming vibe here from the staff or location so left after a quick taste.
  • Wicked Weed Emporium - This place is known for their sour beers. They are beers that are transferred to a bourbon or wine barrel for a period of time. Not my favorite place but a cool experience. They also had some tasty apps for us to have a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Catawaba - This place was just okay but convenient for our trek around the Southern Slope area.

The Admiral | Favorite place by far! Although, get reservations a few weeks in advance, as I booked three weeks out and there was only one slot left. This nondescript restaurant has its parking challenges but it is a must visit. We got the fried escargot (it was surprising delicious), scallops, curried fried chicken, brussels and dessert and they were all excellent.

Blackbird | Located right in the middle of everything, this place was packed. We got the ceviche, burger and seafood risotto. While all great, not my most memorable meal ever. I recommend grabbing an Uber if you go on the weekend because it was packed.

Corner Kitchen | Another must on reservations but a great little spot in Biltmore Village. We got the Turkey and Chicken sandwiches and both were excellent! From the menu, it looks like they also have a great brunch.

White Duck Taco Shop | A must on the itinerary, but go early! We arrived 10 minutes after opening and they were packed to the brim when we left. All the tacos we tried were amazing and the cheese dip was not too shabby on the cheese dip scale either.

We are not big breakfast people so skipped that but did eat a dinner at the Grove Park our first night. It was good but we had a wait a bit, so get reservations if you are planning to eat in one night.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

savor the small moments

What is that saying? You don't know what you have until it is gone. I think the saying should be... You don't know how precious the moments are until they are gone.

Having little Miss Mary Tilman has not been without life-changing moments. Those moments you think I will never sleep in again or I will never have that skinny mini bod I had on my honeymoon. Those moments you think, will I ever get to use the bathroom alone or will I ever get the Paw Patrol song out of my head. But those moments pass way too quickly. 

Little Miss is turning two in a month and I feel like the waterworks are starting. I don't remember that little bitty newborn or that crawling infant. We have full on conversations now and her one-liners make me laugh, but I yearn for the long days back. I yearn for those three months I never left her side. I yearn for those memories back. Those fleeting memories are a distant past.

My baby (my toddler) my how each day is long but the years are oh so short.