Monday, April 22, 2024

Porch Flowers

Grady and I went over to Lowe's this past weekend and got a bunch of flowers! I got them all planted when we got home. Excited to have them done and will now get to enjoy!


This is the banana plant that my parents gave us at the beach last year. I took out everything that was around it and replanted with this!


Grady picked out this mandeville. 


Petunias and daisies 


Cucumber, jalapeƱo, tomato and basil


This isn't ny typical style but it was fun and whatever. 


Geranium 







Friday, April 19, 2024

Five on Friday

1. Grady loves these all time greats books if you have a little boy that loves sports! I'd say these are good for ages 5-7. Amazon!


2. My friend Nina had this on her lips and I was like that's so fun! Can't wait to try it. 



3. This picture cracks me up. Girls on the Run water bottles. Soooo many Stanleys. 


4. They are too cute. They do this on their own and then I just melt! 


Little love buckets 



5. Had a busy week of work, tennis and teacher appreciation week. It was good though but very late nights! I need to sleep!

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thursday Looks

Found some cute ones this week!

ONE - may have to grab this $158 cute dress


TWO - an easy throw on dress for the summer. Bunch of colors. $47


THREE - well this dress is a stunner!


FOUR - a dress for work. 


FIVE - I saw a girl on the court the other night wearing this skirt. It's super cute. 




Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Recipe: Presidential Crab Salad

Dad and I made this delicious dinner one night over Spring Break in Ocean Isle. He brought a couple pounds of crab down from Maryland so we put it to good use. 

We found amazing large tomatoes at the market in OIB on the holiday weekend. Kevin and my parents did some errands one day and they went to a produce stand and got the lima beans and corn. It was fresh and delish!



I happened to find this recipe in my big binder of old school recipes! It's email from my mom in July 2012! Oh the good times when she could email me!

Presidential Crab Salad
3/4 cup diced red onion (I used 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup diced celery (I used 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons of mayo but add more if need be (see how it looks)
Old Bay sprinkled in (she says until you get tired of pouring ha!)
1 pound crab meat



I boiled the lima beans for about 30 minutes and added bacon and salt and pepper to the boiling mixture. These were even better the second night! 

We cooked the corn in the microwave (3 at a time) for 4.5 minutes. You leave the husk on and only cut the bottom off to stand it up. Then after they have cooked you can push the corn right out. Add butter and old bay of course!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Updates to the Beach House

Every time we go to the beach I feel like all I do is work on the house. Especially when my Dad is there because he knows how to do everything handy! 

This is a list of what we got accomplished during Spring Break...

Put deck box together and put in our back yard under the stairs with cinder blocks in it so it doesn't float around

Boat lift motor change - they had put two different speed motors on the lift so the guys had to fix this. We only took the boat off then put it back on so this was relatively easy. 

Put together a cabinet ($130) for our main room

Mounted a flag holder on the back of the house along the canal

Got a cover for an irrigation hole in front of the house

Put some weed and feed on the yard 

Got a bunch of stone from Lowe's and filled in the area between the fence and the canal bulkhead

Re-secured the electrical meter box on the outside of the house

Got a new vacuum FINALLY

Fixed a fan blade that had broken off 

Here's the before and after of the cabinet!


We have taken all three of the pulls off (too modern for me) and the bottom two we changed to brass cleats from West Marine (nautical vibe) and the top knob I'm looking at possibly getting this one from Anthropologie (they have the best knobs FYI!). I'll take a picture of the cabinet after all three knobs are on it and will share!



Monday, April 15, 2024

Weekend Wrap

The kiddos had field day on Friday. It was a gorgeous day for it! Braids for the big day! All of those years practicing on my American Girl dolls are paying off!


Grady had the best time. They both did! I walked over and watched them. I'm so thankful to be able to do that during the work day.



Grady went to another nearby club with a friend on Friday night...


and we took this queenie to our club for dinner! Then we ended up going to pick Grady up at our neighbors and hanging with them for a bit. 


Baseball on Friday morning. He had a few wonderful hits!



His biggest cheerleader, with a team shirt of course!



I took Molly Anne to a birthday party at Kate's Skates Saturday afternoon. She had never rollerbladed or skated before. She tried skating first but she liked rollerblading a lot better. And she got a lot better as the hour went on!





Saturday night we went to dinner the four of us to Pacos Tacos. We love that place so much. It's delish and I like that you can make a reservation. 

Sunday morning I had a make up tennis match from the rain last week. I played my third singles match ever and won 6-2, 6-0. Woohoo!

Sunday afternoon Molly Anne and I took a CPR/AED/First Aid class with some friends. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and I'm grateful for the opportunity to know more. 


Back at home...twins!


Of course he got to dig in!




This week and next are nuts with work and travel so I keep telling myself - I will survive, I will survive. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Five on Friday - Getting it Done

This was my week to get stuff done that has been sort of hanging over my head for awhile. Nothing major but just things I wanted to knock out before the next few chaotic weeks. 

1. I took the kid's Dubose 5.5 year old pictures to John at Harris Holt to frame like their 10 month and 2.5 year pictures. Can't wait to get those back in a few weeks. I'll share. 



2. Did you know you can recycle bras? Very random I know but if you have a bunch from changing sizes when you were pregnant, this is a good option to get rid of them. Here is the website to look up your local place. I took mine to Soma and if you take one you get a $5 store credit. If you take two or more you get $10 credit. Best part is that they send them to their warehouse to disinfect and then donate to women's shelters. 

3. I hung a mirror in my closet that has been sitting there for 2 years. It literally took me 30 seconds. Ugh! Wish I had done it sooner. 



4. Do you ever adjust something in your closet or bathroom or office that makes such a huge difference in how you use your space? Something simple. Like moving your long sleeve shirts from a drawer to a shelf in your closet. It's made my life way easier for some odd reason!

5. It's the end of an era. Molly Anne is in the last size of the classic Lilly shifts. She has worn these since she was 6 months old! Going out with a bang with this adorable pattern. Her pretty blue eyes will pop!



6. Mom fail over here but once again Julie saved the day! She grabbed all of us eclipse glasses so we were able to see it on Monday afternoon. It was so fun!! 




Molly Anne took this picture with my phone through her glasses. Miss talented! She loved this since she's super into space!



Thursday, April 11, 2024

Three Self Care and Two Clothes

Sharing a bit of self care while they're on sale and a couple pieces of clothing today! Do you like this format a bit better?

1. Replica Beach Walk... a perfect Spring/Summer perfume refresh. This is light and airy and delightful!

2. A shirt that I will own when it goes on sale!

3. The bum bum cream - smells happy for your day. 

4. Perhaps you'd like a blush thats a bit brighter?!

5. The shirt dress you could wear endlessly!


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Frozen Meals

One thing I've been wanting to do for my parents is to cook them some homemade meals. Mom can't cook any more and Dad already has too much on his plate. No pun intended! 

I was going to ship some up there on dry ice in February but it didn't happen. I finally got my act together before we were to see them in Ocean Isle for Easter. I made everything in 2-4 serving portions to heat if that makes sense. That way they could get more use out of the meals. I pretty much did 2 dinners of 2-4 portions for every meal below. It honestly didn't take me long to do this. I ordered all of the groceries, then made three meals at a time over a couple of days. It wasn't a big deal. 

I froze it all here in Charlotte then we took it to Ocean Isle. Threw it in our freezer there then Dad had brought his cooler (with crab meat!) to take these back to Maryland. Easy peasy!

This was the list of meals I made:

Cabernet Burgers - I made the sauce, put it in the burgers then froze two patties in each bag.
Chicken Alfredo Bake - I used a rot chicken, added broccoli, used protein pasta and Rao's alfredo
Chicken Fajitas - used a packet of fajita seasoning. Just froze these in a plastic bag and he can throw on a sheet pan to cook.
No Peek Beef  - my Mom always served over egg noodles
Mom's Meatloaf - I used her recipe but this is similar.







Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Flowers and Drawing

Azaleas bloomed in our yard this week. Aren't they gorgeous?! And Molly Anne drew this picture of Mills. She is talented artist at age 8! Just a little cheer your way this week! Have a nice day!


Monday, April 8, 2024

Spring Break Week in OIB

We stayed the whole past week, well really 10 days in Ocean Isle and enjoyed every moment. We rode a lot of miles on our bikes, had fun on the beach, enjoyed the best dinner at Oyster Rock, fixed stuff around the house, made good meals at home, celebrated Dad's birthday, our 11th anniversary and even fit in some work. Here are some pictures...






Grouper with salt, pepper, cayenne and garlic powder. Grill on a sheet pan for 8 minutes a side of the grouper. So good. Lima beans boiled for about 30 minutes with bacon, salt and pepper. Shrimp just steamed on the stove top with water, apple cider vinegar, and old bay for a few minutes. 


Biked over to sunset slush. 


Got the motor on one side of boat lift changed out. One side was going down faster than the other. Now both are "fast" except it's not fast at all!


Two nights of go karting of course. 




Mahi tacos for lunch. This was mahi that Kevin caught off shore last fall. 


Strawberry daiquiris at oyster rock while we waited for a table! 


A perfect vibe for apps and beverages!


I look like a wide human being but here I am with my parents in a flowy dress that I was thankful for after dinner!! 


His first dirty gin martini! He liked it!









Grady and I grabbed Poppa's cake, balloons and beer for Kevin. It was a hoot!




Took the puppy to the east end to play on the beach. It's so pretty down there. 













Watched NC State in the final four. They had a great run! Proud to be alumni. Hilary and Drew and crew came over and we had crab dip and pizza. It was a great last night being together. Celebrated Dad, watched State and hung! 











Amazing memories and will treasure each moment! Now back to it!