Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weekend Getaway

Who doesn't need a weekend away every once and a while to recharge. I know this mommy does!

The great thing about Atlanta is it is pretty close to lots of great getaways. While the beach is a little far there are still come great options within a few hours drive. (If you don't know, I hate riding in a car.... like hate it).

Serenbe - This little hidden gem is located south of Atlanta; known for it's eco-friendly, sustainable living, it's solitude and serenity just scream "let me be". I mean, I think know I could relax here.

Blue Ridge - I love that the mountains are so close to Atlanta but seem like a world away. While I love Highlands, NC, Blue Ridge offers the same peace and sometimes offers a little cheaper price point (note: I thought these VRBO pictures looked cute but I haven't stayed at this rental; I am a rental picture snob.)

Barnsley Gardens - Aaron and I stopped here on our way back from the mountains one time and it is old plantation turned luxury resort. I love that you rent cottages opposed to staying in a lodge and the activities options are a plenty. The dudes go quail hunting and the ladies go spa-ing!

Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee - Give me a Ritz quality location and throw in lake scenery... I am sold!

Sea Island - The hubs and I ate lunch here with friends a few NYE's ago and fell in love. While it has a hefty price tag, it is apparently the place to go if you have an ATL address. Luckily it appears on my fav, Luxury Link, from time to time so it only stings the wallet slightly.

Chateau Elan - Aaron stayed here for a conference a few years back but we have yet to do a couples trip. I mean they have a winery... what is not to love about wine?

Friday, April 24, 2015

four things

I saw this little list floating around and thought it would be fun to answer!

Four Nicknames 
Snucks, Jewels / Jules, Downtown (for my maiden name), Judy (long story on this one)

Four Jobs I've Had
Babysitter, Various Internships, PR at a major car manufacturer, Employee Communications (current)

Four Movies I've Watched More Than Once
My Best Friend's Wedding, The Hangover, The Notebook, Titanic (I have quite the eclectic mix)

Four Things In My Purse
Wallet, Eos lip balm, hair bungees, cell phone(s)

Four Books I Would Recommend
The Notebook, The Husband's Secret, Something Borrowed, Anything by Mary Higgins Clark

Four Cars I've Driven
Nissan Xterra, Audi A4, (have to add in the hub's Expedition and LR4)

Four Places I've Visited
Fiji, Spain, Ireland, Alaska

Four Places To Visit On My Bucket List
Napa/Sonoma, Egypt, Greece, England (saving Egypt until they get their act straightened out)

Four Of My Favorite Foods
Tiramisu, Mexican, Steak, Seafood

Four TV Shows I Watch
Scandal, Nashville, Real Housewives, Kardashians (I just lost a lot of self-respect from that list)

Four Things I'm Looking Forward To In 2015
Big Milestones (Aaron's birthday, my parents' 40th anniversary, my brother's graduation), Mary Tilman growing up, great friends getting married, life in general

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Charleston: Bacholorette

My bestie, Mere, is getting married so several of the wedding party loaded up for a weekend of fun in Charleston. Having never been to Charleston, I didn't know what to expect but it is a precious town full of history, fun and gorgeous scenery. We likened it to a clean and classy New Orleans!

The hubs helped me construct lots of decor goodies to decorate our precious rental house. The location was in perfect walking distance of all the action. My favorite part was all the balconies to sit out on and enjoy the scenery.

We started the weekend off at Social Wine Bar followed by a fun night in. Saturday began with brunch at Hominy Grill and it could have been the best brunch I have ever had. The 45 minute wait was eased with a few mimosas to sip in the courtyard. We walked our tight pants off on King Street and a stroll through the City Market to come to find a rooftop bar to perch in. (I think every other bachelorette party had this same idea). After several hours and some free glasses of champagne, we freshened up for dinner at Stars and a night out on the town.

I totally recommend Charleston for any upcoming trip, girls weekend or bachelorette party!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Ramblings to bide you on this dreary Tuesday:

- I am contemplating a meal delivery service. Gosh that sounds super snooty when I type it but we need to eat in more, yet I am having a hard time finding the motivation to meal plan and carve out time. I got the idea from reading Megan's post and narrowed it down to two possible companies, Plated or Hello Fresh. Truthfully when you spell out the costs for two people a week, it is not too bad. This is not something I would order all the time but would be perfect for those busy weeks or weekends to come.

- I can't decide if I should be a morning or evening person... and in being one or the other I mean work out during that time. I love to sleep... like L.O.V.E. it. I also love to not feel a fat roll every time I sit (just being honest here). I am much more "awake" in the evenings but it is 9:00 before I get done doing all the household chores that need to get done. Any advice?

- I love the debate and long-standing tradition of our nation's politics. One of my best experiences was interning for our state's governor one summer. But, were people raised in a barn these days? Didn't your momma tell you to never discuss politics, religion or money? Done.. and off that soapbox. (Don't you love all these Southern laced sayings?)

- I am about to jump on the one-piece bandwagon. They are so darn cute and cover up this mom bod (back to the second bullet discussion above). This one is super cute but I would rather have a dress or shoes for this price.

- Mary Tilman is on the verge of crawling. Stop time! Like seriously stop so I can prepare myself for baby-proofing our entire house.

- I am going to Charleston this weekend for the bestie's bachelorette and I am so excited, as if my basement full of pink, tassels and glitter isn't an indication. I have never been and if it is anything like my new favorite show, Southern Charm, then we are going to have a blast. Just tell my heart not to break as we pull out of the drive from the hubs and baby girl for a few days.

- Sometimes you just need a good quote to put things in perspective, and we all know I love a good quote.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lilly hits the Target

If you didn't already know, Target has teamed up with Lilly Pulitzer for a new collaboration, launching this Sunday, 4/19. It is no secret that Target could be my favorite store, as strange as that sounds. Where else can I buy diapers, a bathing suit and a gold end table all under the same roof?

When it comes to Target collaborations, crazy people come out. I literally saw one lady clean the shelf during the Missoni launch a few years ago. You know she was just going to sell that stuff on eBay and make a 200% profit.

What I am about to say may shock some people... I don't own an ounce of Lilly Pulitzer clothes... shocking I know! I have some precious wine glasses I got from my sister-in-law for Christmas but not one bit of clothing. Maybe being in a sorority crammed as many bright floral prints into four years as humanly possible, so I ran away as fast as I could from anything remotely resembling a spring patterned shift. It could also be that 45% of my closet consists of black (season regardless) and I usually dart from anything printed instantly.

But, I have come to embrace the bright florals frocks and this new Target collaboration has me plotting my shopping plan (which I just so happen to be at a bachelorette party this weekend so I will most likely be awake during the online launch). So if you see my sporting my Lilly this summer, you know that A) it probably came from Target and B) I have finally learned to embrace color!

View all the styles here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mary Tilman: 7 Month Update

A little late to the game again... but only by a week this time.

Weight: 16.5 pounds (you lost a little weight when you got sick earlier this month)

Height: 17 1/2 inches (you are in the 98% percentile, so length is what I am worried about when it comes to clothes these days)

Sleep: Still rocking in the sleep department. My favorite is when we have to wake you up in the morning and you groan and moan at the thought. I have a feeling this may be a fore-shadowing of your school age years.

Clothes/Diapers: You can still fit in some of your 6 month clothes but we are primarily wearing 9 months (again, just for length). Diapers are still at size 3 and from the weight range on the box it looks like we will stay this size for a while.

Diet: You love to eat and get quite mad when it doesn't happen fast enough. We have tried pretty much every solid food recommended for this age and you seem to love/tolerate it all.

Milestones/Firsts: On a sad note, you got your first ear infection and you made it a double! The worst part was truly the side effects from the medicine on your little tummy. You have also learned to stand up (while assisted of course). You also joined a new class at school and seem to be doing just fine. It probably made me more sad than anything because you are growing too fast.

Likes: Your thumb, your doggies, videos of yourself (this has been a blessing when you get cranky), bath time, standing up

Dislikes: Car rides over two hours (makes driving home just a joy), changing into your pajamas

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Faves

Shopping is a luxury that I did not partake in last year, being pregnant and all. This year I realized I am in dire need of new "mom" trends. I am easing back into the fashion world but here are some new favorites (really the only anything "new" in my closet).

Piperlime Top - This blouse had me at pom-pom and embroidery
Loft pants - These are perfect for work, so perfect that I ordered another pair
Banana Republic LBD - I needed some new "nice" dresses for upcoming parties; this one is perfection
Banana Republic Dress - The mustard color is fun and the style is pretty flattering for this post-baby bod

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

J. Wills

If you have been reading this little outlet for a while, you will remember I started a side business last year. One part of my old job responsibilities (and my minor in college) was event planning and boy did I love it! I love seeing a project come to fruition in such a visual way. Mary Tilman has even brought me recent personal events to plan like the gender reveal and baptism brunch.

With little Miss getting a older and more independent, I am trying to devote more time to growing this little love of mine. While it is slow and steady, I hope it grows into a great outlet for me one day.

If you have an event planning need and want to chat, please reach out. Also, I designed a new website to pay it a visit and let me know what you think.

Monday, April 6, 2015

First Easter

I fully believe the notion that holidays are always better seen through a little one's eyes. This weekend was great getting to spend it with family and Miss Mary Tilman.

We started Saturday off with a little Easter egg hunt at the park. Gosh I love that it is bubble season and we can let those little chunky legs out for the world to see. The Beaufort bonnet completed the outfit and was a hit with all. Unfortunately, Mary Tilman is teething so was a little out of sorts all weekend. That is nothing a new plastic (teething) egg didn't fix.

Sunday, we got to see what the Easter bunny brought. There weren't too many thrills other than her new "cell phone". Mary Tilman's gown was made by my mother-in-law and the picture does not do it justice. Of course, there was another bonnet to accompany it as well. 

All in all, it was great first Easter weekend!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Table: Blue & White

If you haven't gotten your Easter tablescape done then you are a little too late... kidding... not really... kind of.

This photo is a gorgeous option but doesn't have to be just for Easter; it can be for all Spring. Add a few ceramic eggs for Easter and take them away for all your other festivities.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Making Baby Food

So I want to start this post by saying I never thought I would be "that mom". I said I would never shop at Whole Foods just to buy organic when we had kids... well that is a lie.

My amazing co-workers gave me a Beaba Babycook and it is awesome! I love the fact that I only have one container to clean and can leave it, forget it while cooking. This thing steams and purees your food in the same bowl. Once done, I scoop into freezer trays and then bag them once frozen. I typically make several days worth so I don't have to worry about it later. Think two weeks of food made in one day! The cost is definitely a benefit as well. Even though I buy organic, we can probably feed Mary Tilman a week's worth of food for around $5 - $8.

For these early foods, I have made the purees quite smooth but am gradually working towards larger pieces. We are also mixing her fruits and veggies which seems to make green beans/peas a little more appealing to Miss Priss.

Mary Tilman turns 7 months old on Saturday and we have already tried lots of food (tummy willing).

Here is the list:
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Butternut Squash
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Yellow Squash - cooked but haven't tried
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
If you have any other suggestions on foods to try, please share!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

First Easter Basket

I know you are waiting on pins and needles to see what Mary Tilman is getting in her Easter basket. For Christmas, we went light because she was still such a little thing. For her first Easter, I wanted some fun practical things that she could also enjoy and help us parents keep her entertained.

Easter Basket (no longer available) / Vtech Phone / Bunny ears (no longer available) / Bunny toy / Bath Basket / Boon Bath toys