Random Thoughts #022717

We had a fabulous week last week and finished it off with a day and a half away just as a couple. Those little times mean so much and can make you feel so connected.  I am thankful for a quiet week with no real schedule and a little quality time to end it.

I will call that a win, win, win!!

Our first stop on the trip was the Nashville Flea market.  Not the best Flea in February but I love the hunt so I was all in.  It was cold, as in bitter cold with high winds.  Furniture was blowing over and Lawyer was whining about the chill in the air.  We last a few hours and then he was grumpy and hungry and I gave in to head for lunch.  In the short amount of time there I scored a brass pineapple for $10 and 18 pieces of our daughter's silver pattern.  I wish I had gone back and scoured more of his booth, I am sure I would have found more.  It was amazing and I love the butter knives, appetizer forks and luncheon knives I found.  They are cleaned and already in her silver box.

Starting off a new week I have so many things on my radar and all of which must be shared!  What better way to start the week than with tons of inspiration?

I purchased this cute bag last week for my trip to the Nashville Flea and I love it.  I love using a cross body bag when I am out hunting, it gives me two hands to carry my treasures!!

After posting this amazing image on Instagram last week I became obsessed with letter boards.  I found a few sources which I thought I would share just in case you think you need one in your life just like I want one in mine!!  This one is pink and probably will be a must have for me.  I also like this one since it has a gold frame.  This one is the bomb.com!! Can I justify purchasing two of them?

Isn't that image fantastic?  Ceres is a new follow for me and I can't get enough.  I like every single image she posts!!

I was looking for cute shoes and found these which are a must have for me for spring.  Have you ever seen a more Paige perfect shoe??

While I was hunting I added these and these to my cart.  I mean, they are on sale so grab them while you can!!

I was introduced to the amazing Schermer Pecans at The Southern C a few weeks ago.  Along with the amazing pecans came a recipe for a delicious trail mix from Waiting on Martha.  These pecans are divine on their own but this trail mix is too yummy to not share.  It would be amazing at happy hour or for a fabulous mid day snack. You will love it.

While I was on the WOM site I found this amazing recipe.  As you know I am trying my darnedest to eat well.  I have given up the sugar and the unhealthy carbs, which apparently I was eating nothing but, and am cooking yummy meals for our family.  This meal is so good and easy to prepare and makes me feel like a rock star!  You will love it!

I have loved this darling dress and it was so fun to wear to celebrate some warmer weather!!  I found some other must have dresses on the site.

I love this caftan!!  Add some long gold chains and a cute sandal and I am set for summer!

This dress is perfect for a weekend trip.  Add a cute hat and some converse and you have a darling outfit for a fun get away.  As you may have noticed on my Instagram I wear these converse shoes when I am walking a lot.   So comfy!!

My fun friend Anne Harwell owns the shop Annechovie on Etsy and she has added some darling Staffordshire items.  I am dying since you know I have a small addiction to all things pup related.  I just ordered this darling mug (Lawyer will cringe when he sees yet another mug) and I really want two of these pillows!!  How adorable is he in those spectacles??

Another darling friend Breckyn Alexander owns an amazing store in Athens.  I wrote a recap after visiting her store and spending some time in Athens with her last year.  She has now moved her shop and added in some more cute things and her site is a must visit.  I love her collection of jewelry and her eye for art.  I need to work with her on purchasing a rug for our powder room. Her fabulous stash of rugs is so good and I love that she has fun sizes and colors.  If you are in the area BMA At Home is a must visit!!

You guys love the Pearls 101 post last week.  I love that so many of you sent me messages and are trying your pearls in new ways!!  Here are some fun earrings you need to add some more fun into your pearls stash!  Oh, and while you are on the site, how cute are these??

Cheers to a short Monday with lots of amazing things happening!! 


Winter Break 2017

The kids have been off all week for Winter Break.  Typically we make plans to leave town this week each year but this year with the addition of a cast for our youngest we stuck around town. Since Little Bit's closest friends all headed out of town for the week it was up to me to add some spice in to keep her spirits (and mine) up.

We started the week on Saturday morning when she and I headed out for a girls day.  We started with mani pedis which every girl needs to feel amazing.  Our regular salon was so kind and painted the toes on her casted foot so she would have cute toes even on a foot that has been so hard to deal with for the past six weeks.  She was thrilled.  After that we headed to our favorite lunch spot and then finished the afternoon with an incredible movie.  I had been dying to see Hidden Figures since it was released in early January.  It was amazing and more than I even hoped it would be.  Such a good movie to share with my girl. I will tell you I cried a number of times, seeing the the way the women and their families were treated in that time and age was hard for me.  No person should ever be treated as less than anything.  Ever.

Girls day out for the win!

Sunday we stopped at Fellini's Pizza after church.  I have lived in Atlanta for 24 years and had never been to Fellini's.  It was delicious and the weather was perfect for sitting outside. I can highly recommend the veggie slice and salad and will share with you we will be now after church regulars.

Monday the kids spent the day hanging out with a few friends before they left town.  We hosted a sleep over and the kids made buckets and buckets of slime.  Lawyer played cool Daddy and took the kids to the market and to Michaels for supplies.  They played for hours and made so much slime in so many colors.  The weather was so fabulous they made it all outside on the deck.  I am a huge fan of kids playing creatively, they need lots of it and the giggles and memories they create are priceless.

Wednesday morning brought an early orthopedist appointment to have the cast removed.  To make sure she completely heals and is ready to swim once again the doctor placed her in a brace and has ordered physical therapy.  Her ankle didn't love the brace and she spent most of the day icing it and laying around hoping the swelling would go down.  After a day off her ankle and lots of ice and Advil we hit the ground running on Thursday for some fun around the city.

First stop was a place I had been wanting to try for such a long time and the wait was well worth it. Buttermilk Kitchen was absolutely delicious.  Not only is it charming but it is also staffed with the kindest people.  I ordered the french press coffee and an order of the chicken sausage and a buttermilk biscuit to share.  The kids ordered pancakes and hash browns and I ordered the caramelized banana oatmeal.

I will tell you this.  I have found my new favorite brunch spot.  The french press coffee was the most amazing coffee I have ever had and the coffee cup served to me was piping hot itself which made the cup of coffee I had absolutely fabulous!!  The biscuit was divine and so large we split it among the three of us and the chicken sausage was the perfect amount of spicy.  The oatmeal was ridiculous and I ate every single bit which made our meal perfect to be able to hold us until we had an early dinner. I don't think I will ever be able to eat oatmeal again without a banana and some fresh grated cinnamon.  Even the kids thought it was divine.

From brunch we headed downtown to the World of Coca-Cola.  The kids had not been to this new location and it was the perfect in town adventure.  I knew I wanted to take them to SkyView Atlanta when we left so spending some time at the museum was a perfect choice.  They had a blast.  I love spending time with my family and listening to them take in new things.  They both loved the museum and we had a long conversation at dinner at the number of people who tried to steal the formula or pretend they were responsible for the success of Coke.  It was a good time to talk about celebrating someone else's success and why some people have a problem doing just that. I loved watching them try so many Coke products from around the world and trick each other into believing something was good when in fact it was less than par.  They giggled for so long and my mama heart was so happy.

And then we were off to the Ferris wheel.  I have been twice and although I am very afraid of heights I knew the kids would love it and I was willing to be a big girl for them.  Both times I had ridden before the ride was continuous and never stopped so it made two large rounds and then it was over.  Just enough time to see amazing views of the city and just as my fear factor was at its peak it was over.

Not the case for this round.  Just as we boarded Little Bit says ... "I wish it would stop at the top for a bit".  Ha.  Silly girl. The whole time I am thinking that won't happen and all is well.

Until it wasn't and we found ourselves stuck at the top for what seemed like forever.  Just swinging up there more than 200 feet from the ground.  Lord help me I prayed and sweated and completely freaked out.  So much for being brave. The kids said my face turned grey and I did all I could not to pass out in front of them.

Since we stopped the operators gave us an extra two turns.  I would have paid them cash to stop it and let me off, but four turns we made.  I was never so happy to see the ground when it finally stopped!!!

We finished the evening with our favorite meal and this mama treated herself to a Skinny Margarita which did so much to calm the anxiety that was still running through me.

I captured our day for me and you can see snipits of it below.  We had the best day and all in all a great week doing things we have never done before in our own city.  The kids are off to church retreats this afternoon and Lawyer and I are off for an overnight adventure.

Happy Friday, hope yours is amazing and full of adventure!!


TPC Travels ... TSC Summit in Sea Island

I always look for to The Southern C Summit, I literally count the days until it arrives each year.  This is the one thing I benefit from the most each and every year.  There is something about the atmosphere and people who attend the Summit that fill me up.  The founders, Cheri Levy and Whitney Wise Long have created a fabulous "front porch of the South" atmosphere that just lends to creativity and meeting like minds that are dying to connect and collaborate.


Pearls 101 ...

I am a classic prep who thinks pearls are a necessity for every day.  I can be spotted in my pearl studs almost every single day and they are one of the first things I put on every single day. It is my go to earring and I find it works for every single day no matter the attire. I might be wearing them as I type sitting here in my monogrammed pajamas.  No makeup on and hair in a bun from sleeping but my pearls are already in place for the day.


Spring Fever with J.Crew

You know my favorite store is J.Crew just as you know I am obsessed with color and pattern. Imagine my excitement when the March 2017 Style Guide arrived at the house just a few days ago.  You know how you dog ear pages in your favorite catalog and magazine?  Well, I had to dog ear almost every single page and then get out the sharpie to mark all my favorite colors in each item.  Lord, it was almost a religious experience with the new collection. Thank goodness I just purged my closet of all things I needed to part with.
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