Friday, October 27, 2017

Four on Friday!

Happy Friday! Big weekend ahead for us -- tomorrow I will be wrestling two toddlers through the airport and onto a flight down to Florida! Yay! I am so happy to be flying this time and NOT driving -- hallelujah. However, I'll be flying down with the kiddos, our bags, the stroller, a venti Starbucks and one billion snacks -- solo. Matt has an annual golf weekend lined up with his long time high school best friends in Ohio and then will be meeting us down in Florida...and thankfully flying back all together. Anyway, I need to go pack for 3 so let's get down to it with four things... 

one. Last weekend we devoured The Oktoberfeast Burger, our latest outrageous burger from Burgabox. These ginormous 8 oz burgers were smothered with beer & mustard cheese and topped with German kraut. So good y'all, so so so good. Definitely keep the Burger of the Month in mind as a Christmas gift for the person who has everything!
two. Last Sunday we took our Christmas card photos! The kids were so fun during the shoot this year and of course they looked absolutely adorable. I can't wait to see how our pictures turned out, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share our outfits in case you're looking for a little inspiration for your holiday card pictures!
Thomas: Skinny Dress Pants (on sale) // Shawl-Collar Sweater (on sale) //  Shoes | Caroline: Plaid Dress // Booties (on sale) | Matt: Shirt (on sale) // Pants (on sale) | Christina: Dress // Tassel Horse Necklace // Booties Sold Out
three. You remember that awkward wall niche I didn't know how to decorate in our foyer? I made the dreaded Ikea run last week and scooped up this pretty snake plant and pot! It's pretty and it purifies air -- win, win!
four.{GIVEAWAY}! True story, when Laura was redesigning my blog we almooooost went with this exact design on this mug for my header. So when I saw this gorgeous mug in June Arbor Designs Etsy Shop I had to have it!! It's actually called the "Best Friends Coffee Mug" which makes for the absolute cutest gift ever to send to your BFF who may live in another state. So cute, right? Mysie, the sweet owner and designer of June Arbor Designs, not only offered to give me my new favorite mug, be she generously offered to giveaway a mug to one lucky reader! Enter below!!

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** To enter the giveaway, follow June Arbor Designs on Instagram and comment below with your email address and which states would be on your mug!! The contest will run through Oct. 27 and the winner will be picked at random and announced back here on Nov. 2! Good luck!

Congratulations to Melissa Townsend for winning a fabulous mug! Check your email, Melissa!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Master Bedroom Inspiration

We've been making over our master bedroom for a few months now and it's coming together so beautifully. In our last home we dedicated all our time and resources furnishing two little peoples rooms and then never ended up giving our bedroom any attention. However, we've slowly been replacing old pieces of furniture that Matt and I both brought to marriage with some truly gorgeous pieces. We've still got a few projects to wrap up, but today I thought I'd share the inspiration behind our master bedroom makeover...
The only piece of furniture we kept is our four poster bed. I love this bed so much and have had so many people ask me about it over the years. Matt and I purchased it from...Craig's list!! We stumbled upon a jackpot listing for brand new furniture that was being sold from a store that had just closed and scooped it up immediately.
master bedroom inspiration

I can't wait to reveal the finished room soon'ish!


Monday, October 23, 2017

Mamas Spa Day + Quintuple Date Night

This weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a very long time. For Mother's Day, Matt and four other husbands surprised a group of us with a spa day at the Ritz. And it took us six months for the five of us girls to find a date that all of us were in town. Finally, on Saturday we cashed in our Mother's Day gift...and it was magical.
We arrived early enough in the morning to secure the best five loungers in the pool area that were off in a more secluded area and conveniently next to the pool bar. The day was so amazing. We sipped on mimosas, lounged in robes, napped in the most gorgeous relaxation room, had facials + massages, sat in the salt room and all got ready together in the massive bathroom for dinner with our husbands later that night!
Sara + McKinsey + Lisa + Me + Laura
Photo credit: Laura
Hair credit: Also Laura
Once we were all dolled up we met the husbands downstairs in the Ritz lounge for a round of cocktails before heading to dinner.
Gosh, I love these girls so much. I seriously won the best friends lottery.
Yes, Andrew and Matt are wearing the same shirt. Naturally, we made them sit next to each other at dinner...
After dinner we made one last stop at RiRa for a drink on the rooftop before ubering home. The entire day was just perfect -- ginormous kudos to the husbands for the very best gift.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Five on Friday!

Hi! Happy Friday! I have some gooooooood stuff to share today...
one. If you're a podcast listener you MUST listen to The Life Coach School podcast. It has seriously changed my life, my perspective, my habits and more.  These three episodes have been my favorite this week and I always make sure to listen to each episode twice, especially if I'm multi-tasking. Listen to just one, I promise you'll be hooked.
two. I recently made my favorite Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza using Trader Joes Cauliflower pizza crust and it turned out amazing. Well, that's not true. I messed up my first pizza because I didn't bake the crust it before adding all my toppings so it tasted more like a grit cake. But the second pizza I nailed. SO delicious.
three. Charlotte friends -- have you eaten at Roots Cafe yet? It is so dang beautiful, the food is locally sourced and the menu is unreal. I've been twice now and have been impressed both times. This week I met a girlfriend for lunch and she ordered the Grilled Bacon Brussels and Ricotta Sandwich and I ordered the Bunless Veggie Burger.  Both of our meals were absolutely incredible.
four. Matt has been away at a conference so I spent last night packing up all of my summer clothes and unpacking all my winter clothes. As I was pulling out my winter wardrobe I applied some advice from the aforementioned Life Coach School podcast and asked myself "would I buy this again?" If the answer was no, it went into the donation pile. If the answer was yes, I hung it up with the hanger turned inside. Once I wear the item I can flip the hanger around. If the hanger doesn't flip by the end of the season, the item gets donated.
five. [GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!] Earlier this week I got home a few minutes before Matt and the kids and lit a brand new Pumpkin Pie Spice candle from Pure Integrity. These soy candles are marketed as 50% more fragrance than any other candle and they totally lived up to their claim (and their Amazon reviews)! Within minutes the entire house smelled like a pumpkin pie and it was AMAZING -- the perfect fall scent. When the fam arrived home Matt excitedly asked "Woah! What are you baking?!" The heavenly scent was that strong. Also, these candles are also the perfect gift for your Thanksgiving hostess!
***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Pure Integrity has generously offered to give away a candle to one lucky reader! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below with your email address and your favorite Halloween candy! Bonus entry: Leave a second (separate) comment telling me your favorite Fall TV show! The contest will run through Oct. 25 and the winner will be picked at random and announced back here on Oct. 26! Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS TO REGINE! You are the lucky candle winner! Check your email, friend!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wear to Work | Fall Outfits

Y'all loved my last work outfits round-up, so I thought I'd do another one for fall! Here are a few of my recent outfits I've worn the past few weeks. Again, apologies for the mirror selfies! Most of these were literally taken just a few seconds before walking out the door for work.
Top // Pants // Flats
Watch ($17) // Brass Pendant Necklace // Flats // Shirt // Bracelet
 Dress (comes in 5 colors)
Dress (Loft -- no longer available) // Wedges
Dress (wearing size small, runs large)
Top (super old) // Brass Pendant Necklace // Pants // Pink Mules ($25)
Dress // Tassel Horse Necklace // Flats  
Dress // Booties -- sold out (Similar)
 Top (on sale!) // Booties (on sale!) // Cardigan // Brass Pendant Necklace

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