Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Family Photos {satisfactory nightmare}

For those of you who followed me on tumblr 2 months ago this is a repeat. However, I wanted it on the blog for keepsake. For those of you that missed it, enjoy!

When you have small children getting ready for pictures is an act of congress.  And getting to your picture location on time to meet a photographer is damn near impossible.

For the whole week prior to our pictures, Jax has reminded me of his loose tooth.  I keep asking in my most, sweet mother voice, “Please, don’t pull it out, we have family pictures on Saturday.”  Jax replies, “OK, Mom.”  Satisfied with my response, I still remind him all week and kindly tell his dentist “DO NOT pull it out!” when I take him for his cleaning.  
All week, the tooth fairy is delay.
Saturday arrive, tooth still intact, Jax and Joseph are preoccupied with the Carolina/State game and Zoe is at a birthday party.  So I think to myself….  I can ACTUALLY get my house cleaned, lay out our clothes, exercise and still have enough time to shower all before getting ready for pictures.  
One hour and 45 minutes before pictures……
I come in the door from an afternoon run, so relaxed and pleased with my day.  Jax is holding a bag with his front tooth in it!!!!  AHHH!!!  
Jax in his most excited voice - “Mom, look it just FELL out!” (like it just decided to hop out his mouth)
Me - “Geez, it could have waited 2 more hours?”  I realize as soon as I open my mouth this was not the expected response.  Then comes, “Yeah, the tooth fairy will come tonight!”  Trying to act excited about the new gap between his teeth. :)  
It just keep getting better……  As half time approaches in the game (and its a really close game), Joseph’s mood is diminishing.  I realize Zoe isn’t home.  So just to confirm that she will be home in time to get ready, I text my girlfriend.  Party ran over won’t be home till when we are due at pictures.  Okay, me trying not to panic however, I am panicking.  I don’t have time to get ready and go get Zoe.  So I am yelling at Joseph what should I do.  Finally he realizes, I’m not going to shut up so he offers to go get her. 
After the agonizing torture of getting all of us ready for almost two hours.  Yelling at everyone to get up and get ready.  Get your clothes on!  Don’t drink that!  Don’t eat that!  You better not get that on your clothes!!  Two hours and 15 minutes later both kids in their clothes and not fighting are in the car, Joseph in the best mood possible considering State lost to Carolina (sad face) and me trying to make everyone happy, so I can be happy (and not having much luck).  We actually made it CLOSE to on time.
Once we get to our farm for pictures.  It is, what, it is, at this point. 
Jax - “My shoes hurt.” Me - “Well, wobble around for 30 minutes until I get my pictures.”
Joseph - “Should I wear my tie.”  Me - “Well, that is why we brought it.”
Zoe - “Can I put my cowboy boots on now?” Me - “No.”
Zoe - “Where are my sunglasses?”  Me - “In the car.  We don’t need them yet?”
Zoe -“Well, can I put them on?”  Me - (trying really hard not to lose it.  ”NO!!”
After well over an hour of what started off as fake smiles ended up as real ones.  And I am very satisfied with what started off as a nightmare.
Good Luck to all you family photographers out there!  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Yoga {and new eye shadow for my third eye}

My inner goddess just loves the "idea" of yoga.  I {love} seeing "yoga people" walking around cozy and free.  I love everything about them, their bodies, their clothes, their jewelry, their perfectly messy hair but most of all the carefree attitude.  Everything, I feel that I am not.  {Hence, my attraction to it.}  

Around March of this year I started yoga.  {in the privacy of my home}  I bought Eionn Finn's Blissology DVDs which are great for starters.  There are 6 DVDs and they have 3 different levels and 2 different lengths in all 6 DVDs.  They are well worth the investment.

Yoga at home....

I found it much easier to do {correctly}, if you are in front of a mirror.  At first, I would get tickled at myself and how ridiculous I looked but then I started to {love} it!  After a while, I do think it's wise to see an instructor.  Especially, if you are ready to take it to the next level.

Just for fun... {not for kids}

This past week, my trainer Britt DeLoreto (with Shape Fitness Studio) made me go to a legit yoga studio.  So with our matts, off we go {Dev, Britt and I} into a room filled with Buddhas, blankets and yoga blocks.  After, a lot of laughing due to the area of sweat, our instructor was perspiring {and holding in gas due to compromising positions} we finished a hour and half session.  It was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to do it next week.

My Philosophy 
{Even if you don't know what your doing, look good doing it.}

Yoga wear....  

For those of you who know me, I am totally obsessed with Lululemon Athletica.  They are my favorite workout clothes.  Every outfit in my two drawers of workout gear is composed of at least one, if not two Lululemon peices.  They are comfortable and they have the ability to SUCK you in.  So even if your not tight, you will look it, in their gear.  Their clothes are a great quality and I love their layer appeal.  They have sports bras, tank tops, sweaters, jackets, capris, etc.  You name it, they got it.

Here are some of my basics.

No Limits Tank - built in sports bra yet loose fitting and "airy"

Ebb & Flow Crop - comfortable enough to sleep in

Vinyasa Scarf - let's just say it should be named the Transformer

Meditation Pullover - love the finger holes and my favorite sweatshirt

Bliss Bag - my new pocketbook

If you aren't a fan of working out or even sweating, yoga may be just for you!  It's a relaxing exercise especially for high energy and high stress people like myself.  My mind is clear and I always feel so relaxed when I am finished.  Added bonus is being more limber and .....(Shh!!  also increases your libido). 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We’re on a roll, why stop now? {GIVEAWAY #2}

Our next a Gold Wrightsville Beach Coordinate Necklace from Rockabella Jewels.

{14 gf disk on a silk handmade necklace}

To be included in our next drawing.  All you have to do is click “Join this Site” link on the right side of the blog and enter your email address.  When we hit 50 followers we will draw one lucky winner out of our followers.  For every 25 followers after, there will be additional giveaway’s until we reach 200!  Enjoy!!!

Geocaching {thrill of the hunt}

A year ago, our adventurous, family friends, the Fenn’s introduced us to the world of Geocaching.  The best explanation I can give you in words is…..

Geocaching – a world wide “hide and seek” involving GPS systems to find hidden treasures.

However, the best way to understand it; is to experience it.  Until then, here is your Geocaching 101, in a nutshell….

Who: Geocachers are the people such as you and I, who actually do the “hiding” and “seeking”.  Bystanders or everyone else who isn’t a geocacher is known as a muggle.  (Any Potter Heads out there will know this terminology)

What:   A Cache is the container (or the treasure) you are seeking.  They have travel bugs, coins, etc which are trackable items that you can log online and find out where it has traveled and where it wants to go.  The containers are anything from an ammo box to a Tupperware container.  When you find a cache, etiquette is “if you take something, you replace it”.

Where:  First you have to go online and register for an account.  It’s FREE for a basic account!!  Once, your addicted, you’ll want the Premium membership which is $30 a year.  If you have a smart phone there is also an app that is perfect for us Moms and Dads on the go!! 

When:  Anytime!!  Day or night.  You can watch caches online and see when people drop trackable items into them and then the race is on to see who can get to it first.

Why:  Thrill of the Hunt!  It’s a fun way to get out of the house with the family and do something together.

It will entertain the kids (and us) for hours. Best of all, it’s free.  I have the Geocaching app on my phone (it’s a little pricey but worth every penny).  If we are in town with time to waste, we will use my phone as a GPS and off we go hunting a cache.  The kids are happy and occupied which in turn makes me happy and satisfied.  You will be amazed where they are hidden.  

Until then….  Happy Caching!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Thirty {plus one}


Unfortunately, we can’t live without them.  I am very grateful that I had one however, I can do without the wrinkles and the "increasing number" that tags along.  I was lavished with lots of wonderful presents from family and friends.  I thought I would share a few….

"Getting old ain't for sissies."
~ Betty Davis

Birthday dinner dress {Lula Balou, Wilmington, NC}

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Charleston {shopping}

What would a trip to Charleston be without shopping?

Joseph scurried after me carrying bags down King Street for two days.  It was well worth the blistered feet and dent in Joseph’s wallet at the end of our trip.  Some of my favorite stores were V2V, Hampden Clothing and Bob Ellis Shoes.

Here are some of my favorite finds….

Elizabeth and James

Elizabeth and James by alena-smith featuring wedge sandals

 I absolutely {love} Elizabeth and James clothes and shoes.  Mary Kate and Ashley turned the tables with their masculine yet feminine clothing line.  This dress made me feel like I was in my 20’s again and I got it at a great price at Hampden Clothing (40 percent off). 

The wedge platform shoes tickled my fancy so much I bough both colors.  The fit was perfect and they are just as comfortable.  Since my day-to-day style is filled with natural colors they go wonderfully with most of my wardrobe.

At Bob Ellis Shoes,
I could not resist myself with Hunter Rainboots!  I went with a taupe color since it is more likely to match everything I own.  I do {love} all the bright colors however, the only color I wanted was turquoise and it is impossible to find unless you get lucky on ebay. 

The best for last…..

While in V2V on King Street, I found this lovely little number by everyone’s favorite Orange County Housewife, Alexis.  I fell in {love} with the design and feel of the fabric.  I put this one on and immediately Joseph says, “SOLD”.  
So now I am happy to say it is hanging in my closet.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Welcome! {GIVEAWAY #1}

I am so excited to finally share my blog with you! All the anticipation is finally over and I can finally get down to business.  I will be sharing any and everything from beautiful things to life funny mishaps. 


For every 25 followers I receive, I will be giving away some swag! Our first item up for grabs is a gold hammered zebra shell bangle by Rockabella Jewels.

Four easy ways to get entered to win…..

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Charleston, SC {dining}

To celebrate my birthday, my husband took me to Charleston for some dining and shopping.  We had a delightful time and enjoyed taking in all the beautiful, sights Charleston had to offer.  Here are few of my favorites.

Streets of Charleston {Queen Street}

St. Philip’s Church {founded in 1680}

I must say Charleston may be know for It’s shopping but what I will remmeber is the dining.  Our first night in Charleston, we had reservation at a restaurant that is getting a lot of nation exposure, Husk Restaurant.  If you are visiting the area this is a must!!  Make sure you get reservation, well in advance.  They have the cuttest little bar right next door, so make sure you get there early to enjoy.  I never knew so many bourbon’s existed.  The atmosphere, staff and food was great.  Kudos for overall experience. 

Side Story….  
So Joseph and I arrive at Husk, we are seated at a table in a far corner {a blessing}.  Joseph declined however, since it’s my birthday I had a glass of red wine wth my dinner. As dinner continues, I am telling a story.  Joseph sitting next to me attentively listenting to me and looking very crisp in his baby blue gingham collared shirt and shorts.  {As many of you know, When I get into sharing a story, my excitement runs to my hands.}  Well, here comes Mrs. Grace just a chatting and low and behold my hand knocks over a whole glass of wine in Joseph’s lap.  I got so tickled I almost couldn’t stop laughing as we are wiping it up.  Poor Joseph, has red wine splatter in his lap and shirt.  Lucky for me Joseph is a good sport about the mishap and dinner continues.  The wine dries somewhat camoflauged in the gingham and we are able to leave.  However, the whole walk back to the hotel I am reliving the look on his face when my wine hit his lap.  How’s that for wining and dining?

Other great dining accomodations …..
Hall’s Chophouse – 5 Star Steakhouse and best staff I have ever experienced.  They have a 34 ounce rib eye if you dare.  Reservations a must.

Cru CafĂ© – Quant little house off the beaten path but worth the wait.  Call for reservations for lunch.

Amen Street Raw Bar – Great little joint with the coolest chadelier’s ever made out of oyster shells.  If you are in the mood for some shellfish this is your place.  Make sure you get the mussels as an appetizer.  No reservations needed for lunch.