Monday, June 8, 2015

Scenes from our Weekend

The weekends sure do fly by in a blink. It feels like it was just Friday and here we are on Monday evening already. I think busy weekends go by faster than the laid back ones. Friday, we just hung out around the house once Juston got home. It seems like he's been working super late or traveling out of town almost non-stop since May started and we haven't seen too much of him, so it was nice to have everyone together for the weekend. Saturday morning, Juston got up early and took my nephew fishing in Morehead at a friends farm and they were gone pretty much all day. Caroline helped me clean the house up and prep food for a lunch we were hosting on Sunday. Once Juston got home, I took off for my workout and once I was finished with that, we headed to the campground to hang out with my sister and her family. I was SO excited to watch American Pharoah win the Triple Crown at Belmont! I just got goosebumps watching him run that race and make history right before my eyes! There is just something so majestic and impressive about thoroughbred horses. If you ever have a chance to watch them run in person, you have to! We are so lucky to live right smack in the middle of horse country.

 The plan was for Caroline to spend the night with them at the camper Saturday night, but as I suspected, when it was time for us to leave, no way was she going to let me go without her!


I made a big spread for our lunch guests Sunday, including this delicious Peach Tart. I'll share the recipe later this week. It's from an old issue of Southern Living and is divine with vanilla ice cream on top!



I picked up some fresh hydrangeas at Kroger during our weekly grocery run. Ours still haven't bloomed yet and they are my absolute favorite, so when I saw them, I had to pick them up. 


Sunday, our friends arrived in town from Versailles around 1:00 and we lunched and just hung out for awhile. These particular friends are fixing to move to Illinois where he just accepted a college presidency, so who knows when we'll get to see them again. Another of Juston's friends came over just in time for the bourbon to start pouring and I took Caroline outside where I'd filled up her slip and slide! She was SO happy and just plum wore herself out playing on that thing. She put on a show for everyone running and jumping and splashing around. My nieces and nephew showed up a bit later and spend the night with us Sunday night since my sister still had to go into school today. It was a fun, busy weekend. I'm so excited summer is here and my sister's kids are out of school so now they can all play together and we can do the zoo and other fun day trips with them all. Caroline just adores her cousins. Hope everyone had a happy Monday!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Five on Friday: OOTD's

Time for a Five on Friday OOTD edition, as well as some fun family news, too! I think spring and summer would have to be my favorite seasons clothing-wise (and weather wise as well). 


I absolutely adore this Annie Griffin maxi dress! It was an e-Bay score. I need to have it hemmed a bit, but the colors are beautiful in person! Bracelets are Bourbon and Boweties, basically the only accessory I wear aside from my pearls in case you haven't noticed.



I'm fairly certain that I wear white jeans at least three days a week once Easter passes. These are J Crew Factory as is the embroidered top, shoes are Tommy Hilfiger from Macy's and the monogrammed necklace is from Crystal Faye. I actually won it in an Instagram contest last summer :)


One of my very favorite dresses, the Caroline bow dress from Laroque. Shoes are from Blossom Shoes and etc in Greenville, SC, bracelets are Bourbon and Boweties.


I basically want every single thing in the Red Right Return pattern from Lilly Pulitzer. I forget which dress this is, but it's very comfortable. The material is pretty thin, but it has pockets so it felt dressier than a swim coverup to me. Shoes are Jack Rogers. 


I went old school here. Over the last few months, I've lost almost twenty pounds, so I found these shorts from probably six years ago from J Crew and they fit great now :) They've been too small the last few summers. The top is also J Crew, the ring is Bourbon and Boweties and the necklace is John Wind. 


Now for the exciting family news...You've probably seen me post before about my mom's brother and sister-in-law who own a bakery here in town, Magee's Bakery.  They have been an institution in our town for as long as I can remember. They make all of our birthday cakes and Caroline's cakes have all come from there as well. They are nationally known for their transparent tarts which have been featured numerous times in Southern Living magazine, Kentucky Monthly and lots of other publications. Well, his semi-annual visit made headlines this time when my cousin posted pictures of George Clooney's visit to the bakery. 


It's so funny because George is from around here, as was his famous aunt Rosemary Clooney, so he comes home a few times a year and every visit, he goes to the bakery. I think this is one of the only times they have taken a picture with him. After posting it to their Facebook page, it got shared a bunch of times, three news stations have been to the bakery to interview them and they were even featured on Us Weekly's website! I hope this is really great for their business :) They do ship, by the way ;) The transparent tarts are like nothing you have ever tasted and they are better than any other tarts you have have had, I promise you that one! Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Eufala


I'd heard about the gorgeous town of Eufala, Alabama through the grapevine and also seen it mentioned in a few articles I've read recently, so when we packed up and headed to Brundidge, AL I looked it up and found out Eufala was only about an hour away so decided we'd make it a detour on our trip. These beautiful homes I'd heard so much about absolutely did not disappoint. These Southern Gems are even more grand in person that you can imagine. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my good camera along, so all I have to share are the iPhone pictures I snapped, but you'll get an idea of just how grand these old beauties are. 



All of the homes I'm posting are located on the main thoroughfare in town. We stopped to eat at River City BBQ on the way into town and they pointed us in the right direction, which was just up the road from the restaurant. There was quite a bit of traffic when we were going through because of it being Memorial Day weekend. Everyone was headed to PCB and Destin. 


When I found out that you could tour one of the homes, I knew we had to stop! I just couldn't pass it up. We went to the Shorter Mansion, one of the prettiest homes in my opinion. It only cost $5 to tour the home and it's self guided so you can take all the time you need. There is just so much attention to details in old homes that you just don't find anymore. I think that's one of the things I love most about old homes. Check out the intricate woodwork in the floors below.



That molding you see on the wall was all done by hand and is raised from the wall. It's just beautiful in person, no photo could do it justice. Same goes for the leaded glass in the pocket doors. 


I had a couple of photo bombers in lots of these pictures :)

More amazing floors in the home. 


This was probably my favorite room in the whole house, the sun room. The walls and the glass in the windows were all curved and it was just so bright and airy in the room. I could just imagine having family breakfast in here every morning. 


Caroline wanted to take this mirror home! She kept dancing in front of it and singing to herself "Hey girl...Geeet it." It was hilarious. 

I was mildly obsessed with the beautiful doorknobs in the home. Won't be finding these in any Lowe's any time soon. When we eventually build our forever home, I'm going to scour yard sales, antique stores and estate sales looking for things like these doorknobs for the home. I want it to feel old. That's our compromise since Juston doesn't want to live in an old home. He was to build me one that feels old and has lots of old features. 

The bathroom is another room that I couldn't fully capture. It was so clean looking in the simplicity and really something you could see put in a new home these days. The white subway tile, the white hex tiled floors...all of it is so timeless in my opinion. 


I mean, can y'all believe this leaded glass detail?! 

This piano was in the sitting room of the home and hands down the most beautiful piano I have ever seen! 

The Shorter Mansion from the front walk.


This little lady was making herself right at home playing on the front porch and rocking in the rocking chairs. I could have made myself right at home, too ;) If you're ever through or near Eufala, definitely take the time to park your car and explore on foot. And for the husbands, Lake Eufala is the bass fishing capital of the country so there's something for everyone. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Disney

I just received an exciting piece of mail today, pictured above! We decided to surprise Caroline and get her a trip to Disney World for her birthday this year. Juston wasn't really keen on the idea initially. He felt like three wasn't old enough to enjoy it, but all three of my sister's kids have been way before three years old and I've seen firsthand just how much they love the experience. 
I've actually been to Disney World numerous times for High School, All Star and College Cheerleading Nationals, both as a competitor and as a coach, so I'm no Disney newbie, but my sister, Paula is full on one of those Disney people. You know, the kind that live and breath and love every single thing about it. So when it came time to plan our trip, I asked her to do it for me. She has her own Disney vacation planning business, Ears of Experience, and she got us a great deal on the trip. We had our choice of getting 30% off our total room rates, or getting our meal plan for free during our trip since we were booking through her business, so I went with the free dining plan option. We aren't going until September, but she already has our meals reserved, (we're doing breakfast with Sophia one morning and Caroline is going to LOVE it!), and has a special event booked for us as well, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween. I can't wait for Caroline to trick-or-treat in Disney! 

Booking through her business doesn't cost any extra money and you can even get some better deals like we did with our free dining plan. She can book everything from your meals to special events and ride times. She knows a lot more about it all than I ever will, so like her Facebook page if the thought of planning your whole Disney vacation yourself seems overwhelming, like it did to me when I decided to do it. I just feel like there's SO much to Disney and I wanted an expert opinion about what would be the best options for a three year old. We decided to do three day park hopper passes and are doing Magic Kingdom (maybe more than one day), Animal Kingdom and most likely Hollywood Studios since that's where Jake, Doc McStuffins and Sophia are. I really just can't wait to see Caroline's face when we get there. My initial thought is that I'm not gonig to tell her where we're going until she sees Cinderella's Castle when we get to the park. She recognizes it every time she sees it on Disney channel, so I know she'll realize where we are once she sees the castle. It's funny, she's actually been begging to do to Disney World for a few months now, I'm sure in no small part thanks to her cousins ;) 
If you don't do the Facebook thing, you can just e-mail her at pwalton@themouseexperts.com

Speaking of Disney, I've added a few new items to my Etsy shop since we started planning this trip. I adore Lilly Pulitzer and wanted to try and do some Disney-themed accessories for our trip and am making some of these ears for my sister's girls for their Disney trip this summer as well. I have a few new patterns I'm working on now that will be up soon, a few other patterns coming in the mail and am also working on getting some barrette clip bows in these fabrics as well as some baby headbands with the bows attached.

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I'm curious, for anyone who has ever taken a two-three year old to Disney, what do you think their favorite things were? Rides, characters, shows, activities, etc.