Brew of the Day

19 10 2015

For the first time in years, we found ourselves with a free October weekend! October is usually filled with celebrations of fall – festivals, craft shows, races, and out-of-town trips, but we ended up having the whole weekend to explore the peak of foliage in our town. Normally, I would have been running my favorite half marathon, the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon. But sadly, the race featured a great white on their medal this year, and alas, I have a huge phobia of all things sh*rk – it’s no joke. So no trip, no race. Getting over endless sickness made us also postpone plans with friends to make our annual trek to what would have been a cold, crowded, windy apple orchard.

Instead, I stumbled across an ad for a local craft festival that featured all things vintage, handmade, and shabby chic – of course we had to check it out! (We loved their brick-and-mortar store, too!) From there, we walked around downtown, checking out a beer shop, grabbing a coffee, and poking in lots of small local businesses. It was so nice to chat with the owners of each shop – from boutique baby clothes to fair trade stores. So much better than big-box stores!

Downtown 10.17.15

E always insists on “coffee water” whenever I get coffee anywhere. It’s just free water in a to-go cup but I’m sure moms of toddlers everywhere are giving him the sidelong.

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After a full day of gallivanting and an impromptu family photo shoot in the woods, we stumbled upon a pumpkin sale benefitting the church that does so much outreach for my school community – we decided to spring for one of their pumpkins this year instead of a wagon-full from another local patch. Our pumpkin came from New Mexico!

Pumpkin patch 10-17-15

My husband and I both returned home remarking that Saturday had been one of the best days we’ve ever had!

Despite our week of sickness and sleepless nights, we didn’t want to miss out on a single gorgeous fall day (fall is so fleeting!!), so after church Sunday, we headed out on a scenic drive, stopping only for fresh kettle corn and breathtaking overlooks. We originally wanted to hike, but we were just too tired.

We visited my favorite trees on our way out of town.

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Gosh, my boys have changed since the last time these trees were red:




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We continued our scenic drive and climbed all over the mountain rocks! I took pictures in every possible light.

Parkway foliage 10-18-15


Fall-themed blogs are my favorite kind to read – thanks for cozying up to read along with me!


Countdown to Halloween | Linkup

14 10 2014
Sweet Turtle Soup
Linking up with Sweet Turtle Soup, The Chronicles of We, Cocktails & Carseats, and Tickled Pink for Countdown to Halloween! Here are snippets of all the whimsical fall festivities we’ve enjoyed so far this October!
Dressing the Part
10-13-14 Halloween clothes
Having a baby born at the end of September pretty much guaranteed that we’d get all sorts of adorable Halloween newborn outfits… too many to even picture! He has 3 pumpkin hats and at least 3 Halloween costumes already, plus a crocheted pumpkin onesie and several of Old Navy’s Halloween graphic onesies.
Comfort Foods
10-14-14 Halloween eating
We’ve been so blessed by our friends who have dropped off meals all week so that we could savor extra cuddles with the baby in the evenings. Other than their delicious meals, we’ve been partaking in pumpkin bakery items, food trucks (2 of them), and brewed-at-home pumpkin beverages. We’ve also made pumpkin bread and pumpkin dip, as well as warm comfort foods – pork tacos, stuffed peppers, chicken/broccoli/cheddar soup, and more!
(Running season will commence on November 10th!)
10-14-14 Halloween crafting
Most of our crafting lately has been spent making sweet baby keepsakes and Christmas ornaments while the baby is still teeny-tiny, but we have squeaked out a few seasonal projects – I made an autumn burlap wreath and my kids painted their handprints on (fake) white pumpkins that they’ll add a new print to as the years go by. I also finished my maternity Shutterfly photo book and my fall bucket list (middle picture) and have been keeping the baby book up-to-date (no 2nd-child syndrome here!)
I’ll save fall decorations, festivals, costumes, and seasonal books for another week!

{Five on -black- Friday}

29 11 2013

Linking up with Carolina Charm + her friends for Five on Friday!





Thanksgiving crafts! I am SO thankful that my son’s sweet teachers make seasonal crafts with him at daycare! That leaves me to fill my time with sweet snuggles with my itty bitty! {And the list of thankfuls they made for him? “Mommy, bread, pacifier, Daddy.” Love it! Even though we haven’t sent his Wubbanub pacifier in AGES, they were on-the-ball with the bread!}




It has been COLD this week. The elementary school where I work is pod-style. (Thank you, summer of 1970.) So I’m constantly outside walking to classrooms to pick up and drop off my students. In addition to wearing CuddlDuds and SmartWool socks at.all.times, I keep a stash of winter essentials in my school bag. My favorites are CJ’s Butter and EOS lip balm (Sweet Mint). I never had a problem with dry hands until I went on a mission trip in college to Brooklyn in one-degree weather for a week, working in an unheated church. I’m pretty sure I got some kind of mild frostbite because ever since, my hands begin cracking at winter’s first cold breath. The creamy lotion is thick and smooth but not oily or greasy! You can find deals this weekend at Abby’s Lane, where I also get E’s cloth diapers. Not compensated for gushing about my winter go-tos!


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I ran a 5k race this week for a change! My husband and I did a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, where the finish line was only 0.1 miles away from his parents’ front yard! The last time I ran this race, I was pregnant. I set a time goal for myself this time, despite the brutal hills I remember from a few Thanksgivings ago. Their chip timer was off and so my recorded time was the “gun time” which was probably off by about a minute, but I’m pretty sure I met my goal! No time to stop for the free mimosas being handed out along the way! Next up? Back to reality with a 23-mile training run on Saturday…




I fell in love with this coat in a shop at my work conference at the Homestead, and found a much better deal online with free shipping and a coupon code! My sweet hubby ordered it and surprised me with it a few days ago! {This was also right after he gave me a chocolate raspberry candy bar on the anniversary of the date that we kissed on a storied bridge and first talked about marriage (to each other).} Now I’m just debating whether to keep it because I found out that #1 – it’s dry-clean only, and #2 – the backside is poofy, which of course I didn’t notice in the store. What to do, what to do!




Due to a predicted wintry mix, my work had a 2-hour delay on Tuesday! I was able to get a treadmill run in while letting my toddler sleep in a bit. I finally had to wake him up around 8:15 to head out the door! On Wednesday, I sent him off to daycare so that my husband and I could tackle some major projects around the house, since we have to pay for this full holiday week anyway. This might have been our first-ever weekday at home together! We met with a banker, shopped at Lowe’s and Home Depot, enjoyed a lunch date at Panera, remodeled our half bathroom, ordered our Christmas cards, and wrote our wills. It’s amazing what you can complete in 6.5 hours without a toddler underfoot! (And yes, I did just post the link to this article, but these were things that we had been putting off and would have taken 20 times as long to finish otherwise! Most of which could not be accomplished during his bedtime due to hammering and sawing, the bank being closed, etc.)


I hope you and yours had a relaxing, peaceful, and thankful Thanksgiving. We sure did. Even though my son was battling a fever of 102.5 and skipped his morning nap! Too much excitement with 23 other family members and friends, 1 dog, and 1 bunny to play with! ❤

Autumn Glam Wreath

5 10 2013

I came across a gorgeous fall wreath on a blog I follow (George Party of Four) and just had to try it out! I watched the sales at Michaels until I found good deals, and went to the store twice to be able to use all the coupons I had. I made this wreath for our living room.

Fall wreath 1

The blessing and curse of it all was that Michael’s Harvest and Halloween ribbon was on sale, but it was also seasonally GLITTERY. I did not realize that it wasn’t just shimmery ribbon I was purchasing – this was the kind of ribbon that AS I UNWOUND IT, glitter showered all over me and my carpet. I thought I had plenty of ribbon, but had to change my plans when I quickly realized that I didn’t have enough. Still, I love my new fall wreath – it makes me happy each time I walk past it! There’s just a small pool of glitter slowly collecting underneath it every time we open the closet door that it’s hanging on.

Fall Wreath 2

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Fall Wreath 3

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