Thursday, April 22, 2021

Small Shop Love: Cherokee Rose Candle Co.


I'll admit it, I am a candle addict. I own several drawers full. I light them daily, and bask in all of their yummy cozy scented glory. If I find one I really like, I've been known to order a case full of them in the off chance they ever go out of business or discontinue that scent. 

It's a problem, I know. 

If there's a meeting I can attend for it, shoot me a DM. Otherwise, I'll just be over here living that candle hoarders life. Happily. 

When a local mommy reached out to us to introduce us to her candle company, I jumped at the chance to give it a try. I mean, just look at the candles. They are SO pretty! 

Cherokee Rose Candle Co. is run and operated by Amanda. She lives locally with her adorable family, and her candle company reflects her love for creating a cozy space. Her well-crafted homemade candles are 100% soy and made with top quality fragrances that she infuses with essential oils. 

Trust me, when I say they smell heavenly! 

Cherokee Rose Candle Co. candles can be found all over Atlanta in boutiques, but through the website you are able to order direct to your home, ship as a gift, and send anywhere. She's always adding new products, but our favorite are her rustic pieces. We fell in love with her Wooden Dough Bowl Collection and her Cheese Mold Candles

They are extremely well made, and we love that they make a beautiful statement piece as well as smell delicious. When they are all used up they can be used as a decor piece or refilled. Amanda shares tons of great candle tips on her social media accounts - everything from how to style the candles to how to fix any issues you might have with other candles. 

We just adore Cherokee Rose Candle Co. candles and know you will too! Amanda was nice enough to give us a code to share with our readers. Use MAGNOLIAMAMAS to get 20% off your entire order. 

Check them out, say hi, and join the joy that is candle hoarding with me! 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Cheer Weekend Recap + Covid Disney Tips

It's Wednesday and I think I've finally recovered from my UCA cheer comp girls weekend to Orlando. I had both the girls with me, and with the Covid times still upon us, I decided to drive instead of fly from Atlanta. At several points, on the way down, I regretted this decision. Eight plus hours together in a car, with endless arguments and screeching that even the best of my noise canceling headphones couldn't drown out, will do that to a mom. 

But all hearing loss aside, it was a super fun weekend. I went into this competition season as a cheer mom newbie, and now I can do a winged eyeliner with the best of them (thanks youtube make-up artists), and will forever shed glitter where ever I travel (it's an upgrade from just the dog hair I normally shed). 

| Sometimes God does answer prayers.|

My daughter has loved every. single. second. And seeing her big smile and a passion for a sport she loves (and trust me - it is a sport) has made every extra practice, long drive, and drama over the (direct quote) "worst hair pulling and hair brushing" she experienced each comp weekend - totally worth it. 

I'll take this brief time to shout out to the good people of various Hilton properties for never calling DFACS on the mom with loud screams coming from her child in her hotel room. That bun was always high, tight and right all season. 

UCA weekend was FUN. There's just something about having a comp in the "Happiest Place on Earth". 

We spent our first few days solely focused on the competition and hanging out at the hotel swimming during our free time. 

Our hotel was right across from Disney Springs and hop, skip, and Florida humidity filled jump across a bridge we sweated our way towards Planet Hollywood one day for lunch. The kids loved it. 

And they love their over the top drinkable dessert creations even more. 

The hotel had an amazing set of pools, complete with an oversized hot tub, lazy river, and game area. On the weekends it features a live DJ. Needless to say for a bunch of 5-12 year olds it was heaven. 

There is also a large bar. Needless to say for cheer moms, it was heaven. 

But don't let all the fun and games fool you. These kids work HARD. From top to bottom this season they have overcome every Covid hurdle thrown at them this last year and it shows. Not to brag on them (but I totally will) - they WON! 

But I think what struck me more was the fact they loved doing it with each other. They cried coming off the stage, and not because they were excited to win or upset about something with their performance. They were crying tears because they love each other so much and this was the end of their season. They end of what they accomplished together, and they know they did it with the sweetest group of friends. My seven year old recognized the importance of that. As a parent, what could I not love about that?!

As day two wrapped up, I made a last minute decision to take the girls to the Magic Kingdom. I had tickets to Epcot because that was the only reservation at the time available, but when I saw Disney had Magic Kingdom availability I switched our tickets and hopped quickly on the Monorail before something could happen. 

I'm a planner, but the spontaneity of this moment worked in our favor. Capacity at the park for a Sunday was low. We walked right in. 

A mini-parade (because in Covid times parades, character visits, and shows are things of the past) was occurring and the Minniest Magnolia made all her dreams come true - Minnie Mouse waved right at her. 

We rode rides. We didn't wait in any lines! We ate all the yummy food. And we just had a blast together. 

Disney is waaaaay different. Wearing a mask all afternoon in the hot sun wasn't the most pleasant experience, but we did so happily. (And if you happen to forget or pull it down for a second a cast member will pop out of the nearest perfectly landscaped Mickey shaped bush and remind you.)

I was nervous when I saw Fast Passes were no longer a thing, and feared we would be waiting in long lines. My fear was unfounded though because we rode several rides back to back to back due to no one being in line. The girls thought it was the greatest day of their lives. 

And then my winning cheerleader (totally still bragging) decided to ensure it was the most memorable day of her life and lost a tooth. Thank you to the kind strangers who helped locate it on the cobblestone roads in the dark of the evening with the golden lighted power of our cell phones and our Ariel musical bubble makers. 

Tinker Bell. Trophies. And Tooth Fairies. 

I'm not sure about you, but the murderous hair brushing can totally be over looked. 


I thought I would write these down for you on a quick sheet in case needed. Most info you can find on their website. But I didn't know I would need to use the app as much. Lots of things are hands off, and I wasn't expecting to have to mobile order food. Overall it's an easier Disney experience with some of the traditional fun missing. It didn't slow my kids down one bit, or make them feel like they were missing out on anything. Several of our teammates also felt the same way - it was enjoyable. So if you have an upcoming trip...

Disney Covid Tips & Facts

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Amazon Lately

Happy Monday!  Our weekend was a whirlwind and I feel like I need a weekend from my weekend to rest and recover.  I wanted to kick off the week with a new Amazon Lately post.  I used to be the only person in my house to order from Amazon, so I could easily just look at my recent purchases when I do these posts. However, the Mr. has discovered just how amazing Amazon can be so now there are all sorts of random items in my orders.  Just be happy I'm sharing my items instead of his! 

1. Disposable Face Masks - Because 2020, and now 2021.  Really hoping the mask thing is behind us sooner than later. I like disposable masks better than fabric ones and my oldest likes these best for cheer, so needed to restock. 

2. Apple Watch Band - The girls got a few new fun watch band colors in their Easter baskets and after I ordered these I sort of wished I had gotten an Easter basket myself this year. 

3. No-Show Socks - This is the exact type of item that I love Amazon for.  I knew my daughter needed more socks, but every time I go to Walmart or Target I would always forget to grab some.  Finally one day I just ordered a pack from Amazon so I didn't have to worry about heading back to another store.  

4. Moroccan Oil Root Boost - I used to use this stuff and decided I wanted to get back to some big hair status.  I love this for adding volume.  You just spray it on your roots before you dry your hair and boom!  Big hair! 

5. Comfy - This was a birthday gift for my daughter and she loves it! 

6. Melochew - My son takes Melatonin before bed and it was time to reorder. 

7. Camo Kids Disposable Face Masks - All of my son's masks were starting to get holes in them from so many wears/washes.  Plus they get nasty when he wears them all day at school, especially now that it is starting to get hot. I was thinking disposable will be more comfortable and easy to switch out mid-day if needed. 

8. 2021-2022 Academic Planner - I'm a paper planner kind of girl.  I love an academic year planner because in my head everything follows the school year. It's crazy to think this school year is coming to an end already.  I was starting to schedule appointments and sports stuff for late summer. My current planner only went through June so I needed a new one. This one runs from July 2021 - June 2022. 

9. Rubik's Pyramid - My son is obsessed with Rubik's cubes and has all sorts of different varieties. I had no idea there were so many different ones, but this pyramid was his latest request and he quickly figured out how to solve it!  

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Masters 2021 Recap

Last week the Mr. and I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Masters.  We've been lucky enough to attend in the past and you can read all about my Girls Guide to the Masters HERE, but to be able to attend with these usual circumstances was a treat!  Things looked very different, but also a lot of it was the tradition you would expect. There were limited spectators and no grandstands. Usually where you see chairs 10 deep at the tee boxes and around the greens, you could pretty much walk up to any rope and see any golfer you wanted.  Of course some of the bigger names had more fans following them, but overall it was a quiet atmosphere.  The gift shops that are usually packed had plenty of space for people to move around and the food and bathroom lines were pretty much nonexistent. 

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton at Lake Oconee for two nights and it was heavenly.  This hotel remains one of my very favorite places ever. 

It's obviously really nice, but has such a laidback and relaxed feel to it.  We brought our kids a few years ago and it is very family friendly.  Being here reminded us that we want to plan a little getaway with the kids this summer, too! 

The grounds are just beautiful and everywhere you go you have a view of the lake! 

After getting settled in the Mr. had golf plans and we were still waiting for some other friends to arrive so I made my way to Gaby's for lunch. 

It was so peaceful sitting alone at my table for one right by the water.  Totally peaceful! 

Next up I was treated to a massage!  

Honestly, I could have just sat in the spa listening to the peaceful music all afternoon and been happy. 

While I was waiting for my spa appointment I got this pic from the Mr.  He was playing golf with John Daly!!!  He was the celebrity entertainment for the group we were there with, but it was so neat that they got to play golf together. He was quite the character everyone says he is and lives life by his own rules, but I think that is what makes people love him.  

The group we were with hosted an incredible few days.  They had thought of every detail and went out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable, no matter what your comfort level was. Everyone had to take two Covid tests leading up to the event, but they also offered this bracelet system to allow you to show your level of comfort in the group.  It was a very small group, but I still thought this was a creative way to do it!  For anyone wondering, we were team green all the way. 

After dinner and s'mores by the fire we made our way to bed because the next morning we were up early to head over to Augusta National!  It's a little over an hour drive from Lake Oconee, but not a bad drive at all. 

Phones or cameras are not allowed inside the tournament, but we snapped this quick picture before leaving for the day just outside of the gates.  Imagine beautiful blooming azaleas just like this all over the course.  I enjoy the golf part of it, but also love seeing the gorgeous course. 

That evening we had another cocktail hour and dinner where John Daly was also in attendance.  We had him sign one of our souvenirs from the day!  

After dinner we were treated to live music by the Pat McGee Band and it was so much fun. John Daly actually hopped up on stage and did a song with them, which was incredible!  

Late night we ended up back on Daly's tour bus to check out some of his championship trophies. I mean, add that to a list of things I never thought I would be doing, but it was quite the experience and something I'll never forget. 

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