Friday, October 11, 2019

Halloween Home Tour

Happy Friday!!!  We are all so excited around here because it FINALLY feels like FALL!!!!  The air is cool and crisp in the mornings and evenings and I'm able to go outside without sweating. That was my only wish!  

We had been so busy that I hadn't even had time to get out my Halloween decorations yet, but since it feels like fall now I rushed to get everything out.  I saw this the other day and laughed so hard.  Funny because it's true. 


I like to keep everything more pretty pumpkin than scary skeleton, but I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to last without adding some spooky things because the kids are asking.  We did have one new addition to the Halloween decor this year.  Here's a funny story...

Our neighbors have older kids and always have fun inflatables in their yard for each holiday. Well we admired it from afar and never gave it another thought.  Their kids have all grown up so they passed on their inflatable collection to us.  I was hoping everyone would forget about them sitting in the corner of the garage, but not such luck.  Last weekend we were in divide and conquer mode so I was gone with the girls most of the day and the Mr. had our son at his games.  I talked to them on the phone a few times and every single time my little guy asked if I had been home yet.  When I finally pulled into the driveway later that day I realized just why he was so excited for me to come home. 


He asked me if I liked it and I said, "no." Haha!  He had a friend coming over that evening and he told told me he didn't care because he knew his friend would love it! 

I don't go crazy outside because we don't even trick-or-treat in our neighborhood, but I put out my DIY burlap pumpkins, add some fun Halloween pillows and tie coordinating ribbons around lanterns to tie it all together. 




Inside I fill my dough bowls and trough with pumpkins, pine cones and other fall feeling fillers.  



My letter board gets an update!  I always put my kids in charge of this task and they have fun picking out what it will say each month. 


The fireplace in our keeping room gets adorned with some fun orange and black decor...most of which came from the Dollar Spot at Target a few years ago. They always have the cutest holiday decorations so I like to grab a few new things each year. 


My console table and antique wash stand in the entry way have touches of fall added, too. 




When I was a kid I remember my mom putting out holiday specific candy for each holiday so I always do that in our home, too.  That little dish of candy corn doesn't last too long with lots of hands digging in, but I let it slide and I'm just thankful I don't really like candy corn or I would be eating it all day, too!  

I hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll see you back here next week.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Weekend Getaway in Key West

A few weeks ago the Mr. and I made our way to Key West for the 5th or 6th year in a row (I've lost count) and had a great weekend getaway. We got with the same group each year and have the best time!  I just love flying in and seeing that beautiful water! 


We always stay at the same house which is amazing. It's actually two separate houses, but one has a living and kitchen area and the other is just bedrooms. There is a pool in the middle, a ton of tropical plants and less than a block to the marina and only a few blocks away from the nightlife and restaurants Key West is known for. 


Our flight didn't arrive until late afternoon and I knew we would be heading to dinner shortly after so I wore my favorite Amazon Maxi Dress on the plain because it is so comfortable and I knew it could take me straight to dinner that night.  



After settling in we took the golf cart to dinner since reservations on this night were a bit further than walking distance. 


We at at a new restaurant we had never been to before called Firefly and it was amazing! 


It was southern food with a twist and so, so yummy! Our server said they were known for their fried chicken and we got a ton of appetizers to share and they were all delicious!  



We were all gushing over this biscuit.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  It was HUGE and melted in your mouth.  



The weather wasn't great on the weekend we chose to visit.  It was very windy and there were a lot of storms here and there.  Our first full day was going to prove to be the best so we got up early to go fishing.  


It was pretty choppy out there, but still fun and we were able to catch a pretty good amount of fish! 



Yellowtail was mainly what we caught and it as fun coming back to the docks because there are always tons of people walking around wanting to see what you bring back. 


After a quick regroup we went back out to do a little lobstering. And by "we" I mean the Mr. dives for the lobster...


...while I stay on the boat and relax with a drink.  :-) It's a win-win for both of us. 


This year the lobstering wasn't great earthier because most of them were too small, but they did manage to catch a few for us to bring home! 


That night we ate on Bourbon street and did the Key West thing...bar hoping and drinks before calling it a night.  

The next morning the weather was pretty overcast so we slept in and grabbed a quick lunch before heading back out on the water.  We ate at one of my favorites, Conch Republic Seafood Company.  


It is literally across the street from our house and right on the water. It's open air, they generally have live music and just a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 



There are roosters and chickens all over Key West that just roam the streets and I have gotten used to them over the years.  This was the first time I had ever seen one INSIDE of the restaurant though! 


After lunch we went out on the boat for a little while, but they had to drag me away from this sweet Manatee.  He was drinking from he hose that was at the dock and just hanging out there for the longest time.  



That night we got all decked out in our UGA stuff to watch our Dawgs play Notre Dame. It was such an exciting and fun game to watch!  


The next day the guys went out on the water again and I decided to stay back with a few of the other ladies since the water wasn't great and it was drizzly . I read, relaxed, did a little souvenir shopping for the kids and then we got all dolled up for dinner on our last night. 


We ate at Prime Steakhouse for our last night there and it never disappoints.  Such delicious steaks and family style sides with amazing wine.   


None of us wanted to call it a night so we made our final stop in Key West at Smoking' Tuna for drink and live music.  I had the frozen Moscow Mule and it was so good! 


It's always fun to get away, but I also love coming home. This time it was much easier to leave knowing we were going to be heading on a trip with our kiddos the very next day! I'll share about that next week! 

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail Recipe

This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


Fall, tailgating, and all things football have been happening around here for almost two months now. We aren't mad about it one bit. This is the South and football season is the true season Southerners wait all year long for. And if things keep going the way it looks like for some of our favorite teams, we'll be enjoying football season well into the new year. 

And...


What goes better with Fall, tailgating, and football than a nice crisp cocktail? Better yet...a bourbon cocktail. Because, again, this is the South. Is a cocktail really a cocktail if bourbon isn't included? 


A few weeks ago we came up with this Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail recipe, and it's been on game day repeat ever since. It has just enough mixture of crisp and sweet, with that infamous bourbon bite. It also is pretty low on the calories and sugar thanks to one of our favorite multi-purpose ingredients. 


We love Sparking Ice sparkling waters, and drink at least one every single day. They come in tons of great flavors so there is always something for everyone, and they are naturally flavored with zero sugars added to them. Added to our carts lately has been this pink variety pack


Not only does it contain some of our favorite Sparkling Ice waters, we also have found they are a great go-to when it comes to crafting cocktails. Their flavorful taste has allowed us to eliminate the need to blend fresh fruits or grab a ton of different mixers. One Sparkling Ice water makes up for the same great taste for many drink recipes. Such a great bar hack, especially when we are tailgating and we don't want to pack our entire bar to set-up outside of our car. 

Give this recipe a quick try and see if you become a Sparkling Ice cocktail convert!



Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail Recipe


Serves: 2
Prep Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 2 mins


Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle of Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice water
  • 4 oz. of Bourbon (unless you're feeling a little more Southern, which in that case make it 6oz.)
  • 1 oz. of lime juice
  • optional garnish: sugar for rim, lime slices or raspberries



Instructions

  • Measure and pour bourbon over ice cubes in a glass. 
  • Add 1/3 of the bottle of Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice to the bourbon. 
  • Stir slightly, garnish, and enjoy! 


Quick and easy cocktail drink for the win! 


The Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail isn't the only drink you can mix with Sparkling Ice waters. The Sparkling Ice website actually has a ton of great drink recipes! We've loved trying JJ's Tropical Fizz, and the Peach Nectarine Shandy.


We made some low calorie holiday cocktails that were a huge hit amongst holiday guests, and Carrie Beth also has an awesome Sparkling Spiked Peach Tea that is out of this world - both using Sparkling Ice waters.  


Check out the Sparkling Ice locator to see where you can find some to make your own tailgate worthy cocktails!  


Cheers friends! 




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Friday, October 4, 2019

Cheers to Five Years {GIVEAWAY!}

Cheers to Five Years!!

Wednesday we officially kicked off our month long celebrated to our five year blog-iversary. The kind ladies of Findlay Rowe were celebrating their 8 year store anniversary and asked if we wanted to combine efforts and host one big bash. Was that even a question?!

And one big bash it was!



We had a blast chatting all things Fall, trying on the latest fall styles, eating from the world's best charcuterie board, shopping, and toasting with champagne. Because is it really a celebration if champagne isn't involved.


We had a blast celebrating with Audrey, Barbara, and their team. We are all beyond thankful for each and every one of you and the support you have shown us all over the years!!

Here's a quick peek at all the fun that was had, and a closer look at some of the goodies Findlay Rowe has on hand to get you ready for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and everything in between!

(Side note: we are always so amazed at how quickly they change over their store and how many new items make their way on the floor each day!)


PARTY TIME & FALL FUN!

(Stay tuned for this Harvest Punch recipe because it was SO GOOD!)



Findlay Rowe has a HUGE selection of entertaining serving pieces and their charcuterie boards are all so fun and unique!


And these dips they have on hand we couldn't restock fast enough! They are out of this world yummy! The Bacon Pepper Dip is a constant crowd favorite. 





There was a Barefoot Dreams trunk show going on as part of the party and we thought the rep just looked darling in her cozy cardigan. If you haven't tried Barefoot Dreams on, yourself a favor - drive over to Findlay Rowe ASAP and just touch it. You will be a goner for life! 


It's. Just. That. Good. 

A certain one of us might have come home with a new pajama set. Sorry, not sorry Mr. Magnolia. ;) 


| Jumpsuit | Jewelry |

The jewelry section was probably one of the biggest hits (and most crowded sections) of the party! And a special shoutout to the ladies of InspireDesigns who surprised us when we arrived with styled sets of jewels to wear for the party. LOVE!!

| Dress | Jewelry

These hoop earrings also might have made it home with one of us. They are just such a statement piece, but so light! 




If you are local, stop in and see this gorgeous line from Ronaldo!! The ladies are giving away a bracelet this month! The winner gets to pick any bracelet of their choice valued up to $132! 


Each bracelet has a unique story and we just love all the pieces! Definitely one to keep your eye on to have on hand to wear daily or to dress up any outfit. We can't wait to get our hands on more! 


Kendra Scott as always is a winner! 


But we died over some of the new pieces and their unique shapes! 


We loved this "Mommy Trick-or-Treat Bag" that we curated as a potential giveaway. It would make for a great gift idea or teacher's gift if you need one for Halloween! 

(See what won below!)








These leopard Corkcicle stemless cups were the biggest hit! Animal print is totally on trend right now, so if you need a gift idea this would be it! 





AN ANNIVERSARY GIFT FOR YOU! 

The ladies of Findlay Rowe are always so generous! We all just couldn't resist picking out a little anniversary gift for YOU! We curated two different giveaways during the party and as asked on Instagram Stories and in-store, which one you guys would want as a giveaway. It was a close call, but our "Fall Entertaining" set of goodies won out. We are literally swooning over each and every item in this giveaway!



One lucky reader will receive...

1 - Beatriz Ball Melamine Oval Platter
1 - Small MudPie Cheese Board
1 - CapriBlue Candle
2 - Leopard Stemless Wine Cups from Corksicle
 2 - Hot Skwash Velvet Pumpkins from Love Feast Shop 

(Total gift values at $175!!)


Entries open until Sunday, October 6th at midnight. Winner will be drawn randomly and announced on October 7th based upon verification. Winner be a U.S. resident, over 18, and respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. 



Enter below as well as on this post on Instagram!

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What do you love most about Fall? 


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