Crafted Cocktail Series ~ Sea Island Punch

Happy Friday to all my palm loving friends.  I am back today in part two of a four part crafted cocktail series with my favorite vodka company, Cathead Vodka.  Last week I shared my afternoon of girl time and cocktails with my darling friend Emily and today I am here to share a bit of our time in Sea Island earlier this month.  

We had the pleasure of spending a week in Sea Island for Spring Break and to say it was magical might be the understatement of the year.  We spent a week relaxing, refreshing and soaking up some series family time.  Our days with filled with morning walks on the beach, long chats over shell collecting, lazy lunches and afternoons of bike rides and reading on the beach and wonderful evenings of watching the sun set lounging at the pool.  It may be our family's favorite vacation.  

One of the days we gathered around the pool at just before five to begin our late afternoon appointment with a picturesque sunset.  I had mixed up a batch of Sea Island Punch and we all sat and played cards waiting for the evening to begin.  One of my favorite juices is a batch I purchase locally and consists of a mixture of orange and ginger among other flavors.  There is something about it that just refreshes me and gives me the feeling that I have just spent a short time at the spa.  I used this combination to create a punch that the kids could enjoy and adults could drink spiked.  I love these recipes, a complete win, win for all. 

Since the weather in early spring can be chilly in the evenings I wore one of my favorite caftans along with my new favorite hat to block the sun from my eyes while we hung out.  Can I please wear this darling hat from Dear Keaton every day?

I love to use a tray to carry out drinks for happy hour and this white one was perfect.  Since we planned on being outside for a while the tray was perfect to hold extra punch and it was ideal for carrying everything back to the house when we were ready to end our time outside.  The handles were important to help me carry a full load and not spill any of the important things. 

If you have never drank from a brass pineapple tumbler you must add it to your list immediately.  The metal is perfect for keeping drinks cold and who doesn't love a pineapple.  Most of the ones I own are vintage but these I found at Target were just darling and I knew we would use them for many occasions. Aren't they just amazing?

We had such a fun evening watching the sunset and chatting about our days away.  I asked the kids to share their favorite activity and as usual they both had a different take on things.  Our daughter loved our bike rides to the beach and our son loved hunting for amazing shells.  I love that our children view life so differently, it makes it so much fun. 

The Sea Island Punch recipe was created with my favorite vodka and some fabulous fresh ingredients. I always use Cathead Vodka when I want a vodka based cocktail.  This Jackon, Mississippi distillery creates the most delicious vodka with their three flavors.  For this recipe I used the honeysuckle variety which paired perfectly with the orange juice and ginger flavors.  I find these delicious vodka pairs well with so many things. 

Here is the recipe for this delicious cocktail.  Don't forget to start with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka ~

Sea Island Punch 

1 bottle of Simply Orange orange juice 
16 oz Belvoir Ginger Beer 
1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka

Mix together in a glass pitcher for a mix crowd and add vodka for the adults
Garnish with fresh mint

I had to share the sunset that night since it was the reason for our quality time and wonderful evening. For me there is no sunset quite like one on the coast, it just seems even more magical.  

Chin, chin to the best day of the week and quality time with your favorite people!


One Room Challenge ~ Spring 2017 (Week 4)

It's week 4 of the One Room Challenge designed by Linda of Calling It Home and sponsored by House Beautiful Magazine.  This is the part where I am wondering why I have done this to myself once again. Why oh why did I sign up to be stressed, exhausted, overworked and feeling like I will never finish this rather small space in our home.  That was my thought almost every single minute of yesterday, thankfully the day is over and I am once again feeling more upbeat.  Little Bit came home from school and squealed at the progress in the bathroom and I remembered why I took on another six week challenge.


Introducing Steve McKenzie ...

I had the amazing pleasure of meeting Steve and his lovely wife Jill a few years ago at an industry event.  I don't recall which event it was, I just remember thinking how kind they both were and how much they seemed to adore working together.

Jill and Steve McKenzie own Steve McKenzies in West Midtown Atlanta. If you visit the store you will feel an incredible old world collected feel about it with the perfect blend of the lines they carry mixed in with Steve’s art and textiles. You can pick up amazing blue and white porcelain, fabulous fabrics and wallpapers from fellow industry artists, incredible china, design books and amazing gifts, and of course, all of Steve’s creations.  While you are there make sure you meet their adorable rescue pup Duke.

Over the past few years I would run into them at markets and events but we never had a true chance to sit and chat, it was simply one mingle event after another. I always left feeling the same way, such kind and talented people and a duo I needed to know more about.

Fast forward to this February at The Southern C Summit where I found myself seated next to Steve at dinner. I had the absolute honor to chat with Steve for more than an hour where we conversed about our businesses, our lives and the journey along the way. I was immediately smitten with his southern charm and his incredible passion for art. I knew I wanted to know more about Steve “the artist” and “the McKenzies” as shop owners and business partners and how it all fit together.

I interviewed Steve for my series with The Southern C which you can read here.  You will fall in love with him, the shop and his incredible talent. 

Happy Wednesday!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a $200 gift card to Waiting on Martha online boutique!


Table Top Tuesday ... Pink, Green & Blue

Happy Tuesday!  Our weather is almost sunny today so I am already playing fabulous music on Spotify and kicking tail on my HUGE to do list.  These One Room Challenge's kill me softly.  Please pray the weather in North Carolina holds and my friend Thomas Ard can travel here safely in the morning.  I can't wait to see his magic come to life!


Mother's Day with Waiting on Martha

Happy Monday!  It is rainy and cold here so I am drinking coffee on repeat and working on my master to do list. I have already added fresh flowers to the house to add some color on this grey day. Since I am in the thick of another One Room Challenge I am sourcing fun art and happies for this bathroom and bedroom refresh like it is my full time job.  I have found some darling things and even picked out a few from my darling friend Mandy's online boutique.  I love shopping from friends, it is like having a tiny piece of them in our home.

How fun, right?

I found such fun things for Little Bit's space and now just need to narrow it down to a few happies. I definitely can't make her space look like she is hoarding.  That would be wrong, right?  But just look at all these goodies ...

Time to start making some serious decisions!!

While I was shopping at Waiting on Martha I found so many fabulous things I need to share.  Since Mother's Day is literally around the corner I figured you needed some gift ideas just like I did for my sweet little peeps.  I don't know about your people but mine ask for a list.  It makes it so much easier for all parties involved and then they get creative with their homemade cards and plans for the day.  I call that a win, win for all!

I definitely have a theme for my wish list, but I kind of always do.  It may in fact be the theme for my life; lots of relaxing, a cute pair of earrings, a new candle and some fun entertaining items.  Yep, not much of a shocker with that list. But it definitely isn't broken so I won't be fixing it!

I have such fun news for this Monday!!  I have partnered with the darling team at Waiting on Martha to give one lucky reader a $200 gift card which would make one lucky reader one happy camper. #canIenterplease??

Good luck and tell all your friends!

Happy Monday ... may it be short, sweet and super productive!!
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