Family Beach Week 2014

Olivia got to go to her second family beach week this passed week.  We had so much fun!


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While Jamie gets to play in Vegas for the week, I get to take care of a teething baby.  Joys.  Somehow my view doesn’t look as great.



Hunting Island State Park

 IMG_9666IMG_9704Fotor0804214810IMG_9698  We took a day trip to Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina.   The park is right above Hilton Head and below Beaufort.  Only an hour and a half drive.  It has a wonderful beach, light house you can walk up to the top to, walking trails and so much more!  Olivia loved the water.  She hadn’t been to the ocean since last years family beach week so I’m sure she did not remember it.


6 years <3


Jamie planned an amazing getaway for our 6 year anniversary.  We traveled only an hour north for an overnight stay in Beaufort, SC.  My parents came and watched little O for our first overnight stay away from her. IMG_9061

It was storming when we arrived but the rain cleared while we explored downtown and then the sun was out for the rest of our stay.

IMG_9069   Of course I had to get Olivia a little gift while we were away.


We stayed at the Rhett House Inn where Forest Gump was filmed.  It is a beautiful B&B with an amazing staff.Screen shot 2014-06-11 at 1.28.23 PMWe stayed in room #1 on the main floor that had a beautiful gay window that overlooked the garden.

IMG_9099Fotor0611125414We were greeted with Champs to start our stay!

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The grounds of the Rhett House Inn are beautiful.  We played croquet and badminton in the afternoon. IMG_9105For dinner, we headed to the waterfront and enjoyed our meal on the patio of the Saltus River Grill.  We shared a Gnocchi app, I had a filet and Jamie had Sea Scallops with risotto.


After dinner, we enjoyed a stroll along the Chambers Waterfront Park.  Many swings line the waterfront.  You can get great views of the Beaufort River, the Woods Memorial Bridge, the western tip of Lady’s Island, the eastern side of Port Royal Island, and the northern tip of Parris Island.  IMG_9117

The Rhett House Inn offers complimentary, homemade desserts in the evening.  We sampled all four that were offered.  So yummy!  Jamie said the apple pie was the best he had ever had.  IMG_9120

We had complimentary breakfast on the front porch.  I had french toast and Jamie had the blueberry pancakes.


After breakfast, we explored downtown on the beach cruisers provided by the inn.  I love seeing South Carolina’s second-oldest city and its wonderful historic downtown district.  The homes and landscaping are amazing.IMG_9128Before departing, we took a dip in the pool at the Sanctuary Golf Club where the Rhett House Inn guests have full access.  Soaked up some rays and then headed back home.

These past 6 years have been amazing. Jamie, you have given me the most precious gift I could have ever asked for, our beautiful daughter Olivia Rose. I love you to the moon and back and can’t wait to grow old with you. No one but you could put up with me this long!



Opa, Nana & Elke

 My mom picked Olivia and I up and we drove down to Florida for the weekend.  It was great to see Opa and Nana.  An added bonus was that my tanta Elke was in town all the way from Washington.  It was Livie’s first time getting to meet her which was special.  She wasn’t sure about her at first but she warmed up really fast once Elke offered her some food.  Such a little stinker!10312585_10152457670830477_6226174462611311994_n10256617_10152457671295477_6548141942043802193_o 10333497_10152457671165477_1507690772297764498_o


Weekend Pause


Little Olivia Rise has to have a procedure done on Monday back home in North Carolina. Thankfully we are staying with my parents but it is going to be a long weekend of me overly worrying. We do get to go watch a UNC basketball scrimmage and a football game which takes my mind off things. Needless to say, we pushed the pause button on our home reno for the weekend. I will be back on Tuesday and will catch up on the days I missed for the 31 Day Challenge. I will basically blast your feed as I play catch up. Hopefully the procedure goes well and we will be right back to working on our home.

Thank you for understanding,

Five on Friday

It’s that time of week again!    I am feeling very girly lately because I have been dressing Olivia in a lot of gifts from our baby shower that happen to be pink.  I decided to do a baby girl, pink inspired 5 on Friday.  All five items are handcrafted found on Etsy that I have favorited lately.


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Blue Without You


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fiveil_570xN.495346886_k895Ashley Gabby Designs


Weekend Shenanigans


Little Livie got to enjoy her first UNC tailgate experience on Saturday.  We used to have season tickets for a few years before we moved away so it was exciting going home for a game.  We really needed to put to good use our UNC tent, tables, chairs and other tailgating equipment this year.  Jamie was so excited to take her back to his old campus.  He went not only for undergrad but also for his Master at the University of North Carolina.  So when I say ‘he bleeds Carolina blue…’ I mean he BLEEDS it!  It will always be in his blood.  Jamie’s parents and sister Mika drove up for the game and my parents also went.  It was a noon game so Olivia and I had to go home after she got to experience a UNC tailgate.  She got to meet the real Rameses, a Horned Dorset Sheep and the cheerleading Mascot at the new Victory Walk.  It was sad not seeing the Old Well Walk but I kinda of liked the idea that the first year the school is starting new traditions was the first year for Olivia to join in on the festivities.  We had the opportunity to make new traditions with her.  Jamie and his dad cooked (GIANT) steaks and BBQ chicken on the grill.  We had rosemary potatoes that were so yummy and other fixins.  I am so glad that Jamie got to share a very important tradition with Olivia and show her around a place that he loves now that we live almost 400 miles away.  When everyone went to the game, Olivia and I got to cheer on the team from my parents house.  We even got to see Daddy on TV in the stands!

Sami's Shenanigans

Five on Friday

It’s that time of week again!  Love Fridays.  We are in NC visiting both of our parents and going to a UNC football game.



Can you believe it’s September already?  It has been so hot here in Georgia.  It’s hotter than it was during the middle of the summer.  These Vineyard Vine Whale koozies are just so adorbs for the beach.  I need them since it is still beach weather here…


glossyA Kate Spade bag that has Glossy on it.  OBSESSED!


543437_643280065690330_153999405_nKinfolk announced on Tuesday that they have created their first cookbook, THE KINFOLK TABLE: RECIPES FOR SMALL GATHERINGS.  It will be out October 15 on Artisan Books.  It is a collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world.  I’m sold.

Pre-Order here:


Screen shot 2013-09-04 at 2.19.03 PMJust received this trunk organizer.  I have seen so many trunk organizers that are just basic cubes to put things in.  This one has a cooler in the middle.  The cooler can be removed if you don’t need it and the whole thing is fully collapsible.  I saw the exact same one on One Kings Lane for $59!!!  I got mine on Amazon for only $19.99 + free 2 day shipping with Prime!



Yum, yum, yum!  Tropical passion sangria is my new fav!

  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • ½ cup Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • ½ C Pineapple Simple Syrup (See recipe from link)
  • 1½ cups Passion Fruit Juice
  • Sparkling water (optional if you want fizzy)
  • Fruit : Pineapple, mango, green grapes, limes (1 cup each, sliced, diced, peeled, however you want) for the pitcher of sangria. 1 cup each to divide amongst serving glasses and for the fruit skewers
  • Ice
  1. In a pitcher combine about a cup of each fruit. Add in the wine, rum, syrup and passion fruit juice. Stir well and chill several hours up to overnight. Before serving add in the sparkling water if you like fizz. Add some fruit to each glass and some ice. Fill with sangria. Garnish with a fruit skewer if desired. Enjoy!