Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For the Little Ones

I may not be an expert on kids' toys, probably because I have no kids of my own. But ... I was a kid at one point so I feel like I can pick out some good gifts.

The options these days spread far past the good ole Toys-R-Us and can range from reasonable to unbelievably outrageous.

Here is a round-up of a few faves:

Teepee - This Land of Nod tent is precious and perfect for both boys and girls / Calendar - This Lulie Wallace calendar would be amazing artwork for any little girls wall and the price point beats any Lulie painting. Just tear out the images, frame and arrange in a gallery setting / Anywhere Chair - The children I babysit for in high school had these and they fit their little bottoms perfectly; especially when you needed undivided attention / Personalized Plates - How precious are these plates? You can even get them in adult version too! / Blabla dolls - These little things are all over the internet so they must be hot... but kinda pricy. What ever happened to Barbie and Cabbage Patch dolls? / Lincoln Logs - A tried and true toy... I mean you can't go wrong with any building blocks set (by the way - check out the Met's online store; great items)

Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Placecards

We are hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year so I was pretty excited I had an excuse to decorate more than usual. I went against the grain with some non-traditional blues and whites mixed with my mercury pumpkins. To top it off, I decided to add some placecards for the Thanksgiving meal.

I opted for the Wooden Leaves from Paper Source. They were unfinished which were perfect for making them reusable chalkboard placecards. It was super easy with blackboard paint I already  had.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Southern Destinations

It is no secret that I love to travel and find new places. The great thing about the South is that there are tons of options in a few hours drive.

Grove Park Inn - I have not been to Asheville in years but would love to go back. Not only for the gorgeous Biltmore Estate but for the town as well (which seems to be in Southern Living every month). Grove Park Inn looks absolutely stunning and has views to die for.

Palmetto Bluff - The Low Country area of South Carolina is on my bucket list. This resort is so gorgeous, it looks fake. The room rates are not for the faint of heart but the property looks worth every penny. Southern hospitality rolled into a five diamond award winning resorts defines Palmetto Bluff.

Serenbe - This quaint, sustainable town is just south of Atlanta so there is no excuse that we have yet to visit. Serenbe reminds me of The Waters just outside of Montgomery with its prestine houses and welcoming town center. HGTV actually had a design home here a few years ago.

Blackberry Farm - This property is nestled in the Tennessee mountains which sounds perfect enough for me. All the reviews say you feel perfectly remote with all the luxuries of everyday life. I could picture myself in one of their rocking chairs with a cocktail in hand.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


If you aren't on Instagram, well then you should be. It is slightly addicting and puts Twitter/Facebook to shame. I am a visual person anyways so that is probably why it is a new fav. Here are recent fam jam happenings, via Instagram:

Top Row: I frequently visit Nordstrom Rack during my lunch break and those Kate Spade purses are calling my name / My parents gave the Hubs a hammock for his birthday and we have definitely been putting it to good use... all four of us / A couple weeks ago, I took the day off and felt so strange wearing workout clothes at 11:00 am on a week day

Middle Row: We sometimes "gift" the furry kids with the luxury of sleeping in the bed; they live it up / Three weeks ago we got our house repainted and it looked like a haunted house just in time for Halloween / Roll Tide (enough said)

Last Row: While baking three dozen cupcakes, I had a newfound respect for storebought items and clean kitchens / Winston the Lion and Winnifred the Hot Dog sporting their Halloween gear / The Hubs and I at the LSU vs. Alabama Game; a rare couple shot

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Favorite Reads

With the extinction of Google Reader, I have turned to Bloglovin. With that being said, several of my favorite blogs no longer show on the reader feed.

That being said, I have added a tab featuring some of my favorite blogs.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Wishes: Men

To continue freaking you out with the Christmas timeline, I will bring you another christmas list... for all the men in your life. (this in no way reflects my husband's list, he actually hasn't given me one).

Men are usually the hardest to buy for in my book. I get the same gift choices each year which I typically never even buy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Christmas Cards

I love mail so Christmas is definitely my season... packages and holiday cards. Score!

This year I decided to design my own cards (reveal to come later) but if I was to order, Tiny Prints is the only way to go! They have an amazing collection and their customer service is top of the line. I love that a designer reviews your order to make sure it is perfect! Gotta love the attention to detail!

If I was to order, these would be in the running:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Personalized Party

I am guessing I have holidays on the brain because I have been stalking some serious decor inspiration. Also with holidays, come some killer party decor!

You can go festive & bright or classy & metallic. Another holiday staple is the tacky sweater party which happens to be a favorite. Either way, make sure you add a personal touch.

After perusing the inter-web (yes I have had someone call into my office and ask me about "that inter-web thing") I found a great party site, For Your Party.

- I was not compensated for this post... all picks are my own - 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Y'all Christmas needs to slow down. I have gotten zero presents and promised myself I would be ahead of the season this year. All the more reason to partake in Black Friday with the other crazies.

Here are a few things on my list:

Jacket - this baby looks just like a Barbour for a fraction of the price / ASOS Swing Dress - I have been so happy with all my ASOS purchases / Note pad set - I love these various sizes and gold polka dots seem the "in" design now / Hunter boots - I used to think these would frivolous; after a soaked music concert, my tune has changed / Necklace - Loving this tortoise accent / Pajamas - I could always use some new pjs