Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Happy Five on Friday!  A couple girls asked me for my ideas on gifts for Mother's Day so here are some things I've given in the past!

1.  Any kitchen towel from Pamela Cassidy Designs!  She has a design to suit anyone!  These are special towels that are perfect to spiffy up any kitchen!

2.  My Mom's top request...a Talbots gift card.  I usually try to pair a gift card with something a bit more personable!

3.  A manicure/pedicure at your Mom's favorite place.  Take the time to call her hometown spa and have them send you a certificate.  Or maybe you could make a homemade card that says the next one is on you and you can coordinate it with the spa so your Mama just gets to enjoy herself!

4.  A magazine subscription - not all of our Mom's read on their tablets.  What about Southern Living, Martha Stewart or Coastal Living?  They are pretty for the coffee table too!  Magazine subscription - the gift that keeps on giving!

5.  Maybe you're lucky enough to live in the same town as your Mama.  They all like fresh flowers and one that they can even plant in their yard one day?  Sounds perfect to me!  Or if they live out of town, maybe the local florist could have one delivered to her the Saturday before Mothers Day!  Orchids are another gorgeous option!

6.  Even thought it's Five on Friday, I'll keep going...
This is one of my very favorite gifts to give and receive!  And especially this scent!

7.  My Mom would more than likely tell me that her favorite gift would be a simple card or a phone call.  

8.  A new spring wreath!

9.  A clutch for her to use when she goes out to dinner or brunches with friends!  PS - South Moon Under is my go-to for clutches.

10.  Anything monogrammed - a new robe, shower wrap, tray, pitcher, pillow for outdoor furniture, doormat.

Most of all, just be thankful you're a Mom, you have a Mom, Mom-In-Law, Step-Mom, Grandmother etc still here today!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Random Thursday

1.  Thank you for all of your comments on yesterday's post.  I like that we are all doing what's best for us.

2.  I thought I was going to get to see my parents on Saturday but now we aren't.  Sad!  Instead, they're home having trouble with a bat in their house.  It's crazy!

3.  My Father In Law is coming to my office today and we're going to lunch.  I'm looking forward to that!  Fortunate to have family in town.

4.  I have the urge to do more to our house these days!  I want it all to be done and perfect!

5.  I think I'm pretty well set on gifts for the next couple of months.  I try to plan ahead and be sure I put thought into gifts.  My Dad, bestest and brother all had April birthdays.  Mothers Day is in May and my SIL has a May birthday.  Lots of important people!

That's all I've got this week.  Been crazy busy lately and I'm lucky to be alive and have clothes on each day.  Ahh!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Late Bloomers

Some people get married right out of school.  Some wait until their later 20's.  Some wait until their early 30's.  And some wait until they're almost 40!  Maybe some folks in their 40's, 50's and 60's finally find their spouse.  Goodness, sometimes even grandma gets remarried!

Kevin was 38 when we got married,  I was 30.  We are 7.5 years apart.  

Waiting til we were a bit older was the right decision for us.  We met when I was 25 and he was 32.  That's kinda funny to think about.  We were young bucks!  

We wanted to get both of our careers established.  We both owned homes already when we met but we still wanted to get our feet even more grounded.  Kevin had just started at the Bank and I had just moved to my current company.  We had a lot to learn and a lot to live.  We both got to date lots of people and go out and have a big time with friends.  We've traveled, boy have we traveled.  We've lived the life!  

And we still do!  But there will come a time when we settle on down.  Maybe in the next few years our family will change and that will be an exciting time.  I know there's no perfect time to have a child but we are getting there.  Who knows! 

When the time is right, it will be right! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend - Fish Camp, Yard Work and Uptown

We had a big weekend.  First things first - The Fish Camp on Friday night with Kevin's parents.

Saturday I did a barre class with Tara then Kevin and I went to his parents to get his car and Lowes to get mulch.  I spread the mulch while Kevin pulled up roots in the yard.

We cleaned up and went uptown to meet up with friends at Connollys.  Kimmy and Jeff's lil boy Jack was Kevin's best buddy!

Then Kevin and I headed over to cocktail hour at Capital Grille.  The criterium bike race was going on too.

We loved having the outdoor table so we ended up staying for dinner.  The salad and soup came out with the rest of our meal so it looks like we ate a lot.  Well, we did but not in courses.

Then Kevin and I hung on the patio at Prohibition. 

Before we started home, Tara texted and said they were done at the baseball game so we met them for a beverage at Aria, our ole trusty!

Sunday was spent recovering and getting things done at the house.  I did get to sneak out for a long overdue lunch with my friend Kimmy at Dean and Deluca.  We had planned it a month ago so it was good to finally catch up.

TCBY was last on our Sunday agenda and Mills loved his vanilla yogurt and the ride up there!  It's the little things!

Have a good week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday - 65 and This Week

My parents neighbor, crazy Mr. Cooper put these balloons on their front step for Dad's birthday this week.  Too funny!

Macy's is having their Clinique Bonus time and I bought my once a year makeup haul yesterday.  I don't go on a trip if I can see some of the metal at the bottom of the concealer or eye primer.  So I had to load up!  Last year I did the same thing at this time!

Last April 9th (Wednesday) I was at the airport on our way to Maui.  This April 9th I was at the airport on my way to Charleston, West Virginia!  Slightly different.

We're heading on down to the fish camp in Fort Lawn, South Carolina tonight for dinner.  It's quite an establishment.  Think: a lot of people, extremely quiet, average age of 75, a lot of fried fish and some serious southern accents!  I'm talking as country as they come!

Last night I went to a charity night at J. Crew with a few girlfriends then we had dinner at Chuys.  Good times!

How many people schedule their posts ahead of time?  I do almost every post I do.  Sometimes I wrote it a few weeks prior but most times it was the Sunday or evening before.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oh April

I love April...obviously, we chose to get married in April.  Some of our very favorite people's birthdays are in April.  Flowers are blooming, the weather is getting better and the trees are getting leaves again.  It's a wonderful time of year.  

But I now officially hate April 15th.  Hate it.  

We have learned what it's like to work hard, earn money and be married.  Something about it just doesn't smell right.  Why on earth do Kevin and I bust tail every day, make money and have to give SO MUCH back to the government?  Oh, to support other people, not our own family.  For people that are too lazy to get off their rear end and work. 

Now, most of us have jobs, are still in college or there are other circumstances that don't allow them to work.  Fine.  I get that.  That's different and not what I'm talking about. 

I'm a HUGE believer that everyone in this world has an opportunity and a chance.  Whether your parents gave it to you or not, you have a head on your shoulders and if you want to do well for yourself, you can.  You can work so you can pay for college, or you can just work your lil tail off out of high school.  Whatever it may be, you have to have the drive and willingness inside of you to do it.  Everyone is given that ability, it's up to you to use it.  

I'm from a family who's father owns a small business, brother owns a small business, father in law used to own a small business before he retired and my husband owns a small business.  They all had the will and the desire to work hard.  If you ask any small business owner, they will tell you what it's like to pay quarterly, estimated and annual taxes and how out of control it is that we have to give so much back to the man!

I'm just SOOO frustrated that we have to write a humongous check to the government of OUR hard earned money so other people who are too lazy to DO SOMETHING can survive.  

I never rant like this on my blog, I'm sorry.  Just on my mind girls!  Preach on!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I had never ordered from Piperlime before and I have placed three orders in the past two weeks now.  Their free shipping and free returns makes life very easy.  If a company is going to give me a FedEx or UPS slip to send what doesn't work back to them and all I have to do is walk it up to our receptionists desk, count me in.
They always have a coupon code (on top of already reasonable prices) and the best part is that not everyone has all of their dresses and clothes.  They have different items which I'm always glad for.  You can also sort by price, color etc (a lot like Nordstrom's website).  Love it.  
My favorite brands are Collective Concepts, Everly and Amanda Uprichard.