Five on Friday!

Today is an exceptionally awesome Friday because I’ll be turning on my OOO when I leave work and in a few days Matt and I will be heading to paradise for some much needed time away together. I’m going to be totally honest for a second — grieving the loss of my dad (especially over a period of 5 years) and for Matt, losing a father-in-law and being the spouse of someone who has lost a parent has been extremely difficult for both of us…and for our marriage. Adding in two adorable high energy kiddos and demanding jobs…well, we’re a bit gassed at this point. Maybe I’ll write a post one day on what grief looks like for us behind the scenes, but it’s still too ugly to share right now.

Anyway, you know who else is excited today? Caroline and Thomas…because my mom is coming to Charlotte to watch the kids while we’re away! Words cannot express how grateful and excited I am for my mom to come stay with us. Over the past 5 years our family has been through some of the toughest times, but one of the most painful parts was the inability for my parents to be able to visit us and spend time with their grandbabies in Charlotte. For obvious reasons, my mom spent most of her time taking care of and spending time with my dad.  It’s been hard on her as a grandma to be so far away from her grandbabies and not see them as often as she wanted.  I cannot wait for mom to finally see our house, meet the kids’ teachers, play with the kids in the yard, take her to our favorite restaurants, and more. 

And I can’t wait to sit on the white sandy beach in Turks & Caicos with Matt…

1. Grace Ann Designs

I recently received a few pairs of earrings from my friend Anna Grace of Grace Ann Designs and am obsessed! I am loving the puka shell come-back and these earrings are absolutely gorgeous and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I also received and love this pair!

2. 9Round

Last weekend I was away for work so Monday I worked from home because I was flat out exhausted. And because Matt wanted to hang out with me he worked from home too which allowed us to grab a quick workout together at 9Round before picking up the kids. We both go to 9Round almost every morning but we’ve never gone together so it was super fun to be there at the same time. I got a lot of messages when I posted this picture to Instagram and the two most popular questions were about how we squeeze workouts in to our daily routine and my shorts! Over the past few months Matt and I have been very serious about our 9Round workouts. He goes right at 6 am when they open while I get the kids ready for school. The gym is 2 minutes from our house and the workouts are 30 minutes which helps tremendously for our scheduling needs. When Matt arrives home I head to the gym next while he showers and gets ready for the day. When I get home I help him get out the door with the kids for daycare drop-off and jump in the shower and am out the door and headed to the office by 8:30. Oh, and my shorts are the lululemon Running Shorts Dupe I keep telling y’all to buy!!!!! I am not kidding, these are the best shorts I’ve ever owned!

3. Barrettes

I am loving the barrette trend even if I feel like a 5 year old when I wear them. I ordered this 10 piece set of barrettes and when they came…well, my 5 year old thought they were for her. So we split the set and we’ve been twinning each day which Caroline thinks it’s the coolest thing ever. Note: the package arrived with all of the barrettes shown in the listing plus several additional pairs including the ones we’re wearing.

4. Caroline Cooks

Caroline’s love for cooking continues to grow and I am having so much fun with her in the kitchen! Cooking is one of my favorite things ever and it makes me so happy that Caroline loves it too. Over the weekend she made Sea Salt Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch — and she did everything on her own with the exception of putting the cookie sheet into the oven. They were SO delicious that we demolished the entire sheet when they came out of the oven.

5. In My Suitcase

Sharing a few things coming on vacation with me…

ROW 1: bamboo tote / sunscreen / SPF lip balm / hangover patch / fedora

ROW 2: green dress / floral maxi / ruffle mini dress / palm maxi dress

ROW 3: sunglasses / pom pom kaftan / monogrammed fishing shirt / beach sarong | similar

ROW 4: Scallop Bikini / Off Shoulder Ruffle Bikini / Orange Scallop Swim Suit /Floral Print Criss Cross Bikini Set / one piece tassel suit

Alright, I am signing off and won’t be blogging while we’re away or responding to emails or messages, but will be posting over on Instagram!



  1. Jo
    June 7, 2019 / 6:13 am

    Ahh have SO much fun! We’ve done T&C (Grace Bay Beach) and it’s AMAZING! Enjoy friend!

    • Christina
      June 7, 2019 / 10:05 am

      Thank you friend!! I swear Grace Bay is the prettiest place on earth!!

  2. Mary
    June 7, 2019 / 6:55 am

    I’m so glad you are getting away to refresh. I lost my mom in October after a long illness like yourself with your dad. It is so hard. You are right, Matt is grieving the loss of his father in law, while trying to emotionally support you, and it’s just so hard. We leave next week with our all our kids with their boyfriends/girlfriends and I cannot wait to be all together. I’m so busy trying to take care of me, I forget they too are grieving. Everyone grieves differently and there is no timeframe, but I will say, this month (7 months) I FINALLY feel like myself. Still sad, still tear up, but I feel “better”. I hope you enjoy your time away. I bet your mom will have as good of time as you will. I love that she’s able to help you out.

    • Christina
      June 7, 2019 / 10:12 am

      Oh friend, I am so so sorry you’re on this journey too but am hopeful that it will get better as we learn how to integrate our loss into our life. Just like you said — it SO hard to grieve your parent, and then ALSO help support everyone else grieving around you. Ive really struggled with (and continue to struggle with) all sorts of emotions around this. While time has certainly helped ease the pain, it’s also been one of the hardest parts too — everyone around you sort of moves on, yet I’m still hurting every single day (which can feel lonely). Anyway, thank you for leaving this comment, and enjoy making new, fun memories with your family on vacation!

  3. June 7, 2019 / 7:30 am

    I’m sure it’s bittersweet for all of you to have your mom in Charlotte. Thinking and praying for all of you this weekend!! Have a great time with Matt!

    • Christina
      June 7, 2019 / 10:14 am

      Thanks Rachel!!!! I know my mom is going to spoil her grandbabies rotten!!! Happy weekend!!! xo

  4. June 7, 2019 / 8:47 am

    Eeek, love those earrings!! Can’t wait to see them styled on vacay! Enjoy 😊

    • Christina
      June 7, 2019 / 10:14 am

      Yessss!!! I love them SO much!!!!!!

  5. Toni :0)
    June 7, 2019 / 9:23 am

    Have a wonderful time. That beach looks glorious. Enjoy the alone time. I’m sure your kids will totally love Grandma time alone with them. Cheers!

  6. June 7, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Have an amazing trip, you two deserve it!!

    • Christina
      June 8, 2019 / 6:17 am

      Thank you friend!!! xo

  7. June 9, 2019 / 12:18 am

    I hope you two have a great trip and that gets enjoy getting in some quality time with your mom. My kids love cooking as well. I just started letting my daughter cook things like pancakes and rice by herself. It’s been bittersweet realizing that she’s old enough and independent enough to use the stove.

  8. June 10, 2019 / 7:44 am

    YIPPEE YAY!!! I am so excited for you and Matt to get away and enjoy this time together x

  9. June 10, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    Gorgeous earrings, the shell detail is perfection !

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