Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Shopping Guide: Back to Preschool

Yesterday, Madeline had a very successful Meet the Teacher at her pre-school. We are sneaking in a last minute beach trip this weekend and then her first day is next Tuesday. I am so excited for her to make some new friends, learn how to be part of a class, develop a little independence from mama, and for the sweet teachers to love on her. I'm honestly excited for the few hours a week to myself as well because balancing working at home with taking care of her and running a household can be a lot at times. Yet, my mama heart knows I am going to miss her like crazy during those few (six) hours a week she is in pre-school.

We chose a church-based preschool close to our house upon the recommendation of other moms in our neighborhood and community and were so fortunate to be accepted into our first choice. I toured many places last winter and loved this school so much that we only applied here and just crossed our fingers that it would work out.

We, of course, had to do a little shopping to prepare for the start of school. I will go ahead and clarify that I am aware that she will get her cute little clothes dirty. That she will spill food, get play ground mulch, play-doh, and paint all over them. We have a number of hand-me-down outfits that I purchased for pennies on our local mom re-sale page but of course we had to get a few special outfits and pieces, too, because she is only little once after all and the days of her wearing precious outfits like these are limited.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Skinny Grapefruit Mojitos (+ fun end of summer cocktails)

I am a big fan of a refreshing cocktail and mojitos are one of my absolute favorites. The only thing about mojitos, though, is that they can be so sugary. Having more than one can make me feel gross and they certainly aren't good for the waist line. But, they are so yummy.

One day recently, I was feeling the need for a cocktail and had a nice, fresh grapefruit staring at me from our fruit bowl in the kitchen and fresh mint from our herb garden. So, I decided to try out a skinnier version of a mojito with grapefruit. I really enjoyed it and Corey requested one of his own after taking a sip of mine, despite the fact that he thought it looked "girly."

Monday, August 21, 2017

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday! If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I have absolutely no idea where the month of August has gone. It has totally flown by. It has been hot and steamy here in Charlotte, though, so I'm not totally hating to be a little closer to fall, though.

Corey and I celebrated our 5th anniversary last weekend. We traveled to St. John earlier in the summer for our "big" celebration and then enjoyed a nice dinner in Charlotte on the actual night.

We started with drinks at the Ritz Uptown and then headed to Bentley's on 27 for dinner. We had never had dinner there before and it was amazing.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Five Years

Today Corey and I celebrate our fifth anniversary. It is kind of surreal that we have been married that long, well past the newlywed stage at this point. That day five years ago was absolutely perfect in every way. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding day but what's more important is that it symbolized the start of a life together and I feel so fortunate that Corey and I are able to do life together. Without a doubt, there is no one better suited to be my partner.

It has definitely not always been easy and some days, months, and even years have been better than others. But, that is what you sign up for when you choose to spend your life with someone - to walk by their side through all life throws your way and I'm happy to say that even five years later, I feel like I chose wisely.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kale and Peach Summer Salad

Last summer we hosted our favorite neighbors from our previous neighborhood to grill out at our new house. One of our neighbors is a professional chef and he brought this incredible kale and peach salad along for the evening. I'm not usually a fan of kale but this salad totally transformed my thinking on that. It is seriously so good and nutritious, too! This is the perfect summer salad so I set out to recreate it this summer and it has been on repeat in our household. I can't promise this is exactly how our chef neighbor made it but it is pretty darn close and totally delicious. This is by far my husband's favorite salad and that really says something when he's constantly asking for it!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday. If we were having coffee this morning, I would say that I want to go back and do the weekend all over again. We basically did a whole lot of nothing and I can't say that I hated it. Just lots of family time. 

On Friday night, we made steak, a great big salad, and shared a baked potato at home. Then, relaxed int he hammock in our back yard with a big glass (er couple glasses) of red wine and unwound from the week after baby girl went to bed.