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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Gift Guide: For the Host & Hostess

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With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up and then all of the Christmas get-togethers following shortly afterwards, it's the season in which we need to stock up on gifts for those who are hosting us for lunches, dinners, white elephant gift swaps, etc.
I tried to keep these items under $25 and a majority are closer to the $10-15 range because I know if you have multiple parties to go to, it gets difficult to spend a lot on a hostess gift.

I think a tea towel is always the right gift for a hostess of any kind, they're simple and easy to tailor to a person's taste. This particular one is from Amazon & they have an awesome selection at great prices.
A set of these would be a stunning Christmas gift or hostess gift, choose from their last or first initial.
One of my favorite bloggers also has cookbooks!
This one is under $10 right now & would be an awesome gift for those that love to cook. Bookmark your favorite recipes for a special touch.
These journals are such a great small gift, you could split them into three separate ones or give all three together.
This is on my personal wishlist & I think it would make an awesome hostess gift, especially if you paired it with a local bottle of wine.
With the holidays come lots of guests & with lots of guests come lots of (hopefully) hand washing.
Give your host or hostess the gift of a luxe hand soap that will dress up their washroom and make the experience a little nicer for everyone.
A beautiful ornament makes for an excellent hostess gift, you can tailor it to their decor, get a personalized one, or just stick with something classic, elegant, and beautiful.
A big plus? Ornaments can be very affordable!
One of my favorite parts of entertaining is using all of my serving pieces that I don't pull out on the daily. These spreaders and this Slate Serving Board are perfect for the host and hostess that love to entertain. They're affordable, but still stunning. You can also write on the serving board with chalk, so you can label everything you're serving!
The classic hostess gift, a beautiful high-end candle!
I think a Bath & Body Works or Target candle could be just as good, but the Capri Blue or a Nest candle would be a thoughtful gift for sure.

I hope that you will take the time to give back to those who host you in their homes this holiday season.
Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ten on Tuesday [No.63]

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ONE
 Happy belated Halloween, y'all!
Charlie went as a little cow & man, was he super cute.
Our power actually went out as we were getting ready to go trick-or-treating, so we selfied with our pumpkin in the dark 😂
But luckily, by the time we wrapped up our visiting with everyone, our power was back on!
 TWO
Charlie, Forrest, my mom, my dad, and my middle sister all walked downtown (Chris & I live about a five minute walk from the center of our town) for our annual Heritage Day that our town puts on each year. It's always so fun to catch up with people, see all the fun things being sold, and just get some nice fresh air and sunshine. Plus, everyone loves how stinkin' cute Charlie & Forrest are!
P.S. My sweatshirt is from Mallory Ervin's summer line & y'all-it's the best. It's the perfect "Southern-weight" sweatshirt and as an Auburn girl, I love the tiger on the front!
 THREE
 We have been soaking up all of the nice Fall weather by playing outside & I will be so sad when we have to be all bundled up just to enjoy a little outside time.
Charlie loves playing with rocks and whatever else he finds outside & sometimes we even have snack time outside-his current favorite on-the-go snack right now is the "Inner Peas" from Trader Joes-I have to admit, they're pretty tasty!
 I'm also loving all the Fall color in our neighborhood & had to convince Charlie to pose for a quick picture Sunday afternoon with some of our neighbors beautiful trees in the background.
 FOUR
So the other day my sister, Charlie, and I were browsing around Target and I discovered this wagon/stroller combo and now I think I need it 🙈
The price tag is a little rich for my blood, but I've bookmarked it so maybe it will go on sale & I can snag it!
FIVE
The Biltmore Estate has decorated for Christmas & it's giving me all the cozy vibes!
I've been to Biltmore once when I was much younger, so I would love to go again any time of year-but definitely Christmas!
SIX
If you're looking for the greatest Thanksgiving outfit of all time for all of your family/eating shenanigans then look no further than Scarlet & Gold.
The Casserole tee is my favorite because it's hilarious, but if you're looking for something a little more serious & absolutely beautiful then the Grateful tee is right up your alley.
I would pair either tee with a cozy cardigan to dress it up a little bit & to hide that turkey food baby!
SEVEN
This coming May, Christopher & I will celebrate five years of marriage and we've both been discussing heading back to Savannah (where we originally honeymoon'd) and spending some time back in that sweet city that means so much to us.
Garden & Gun covered some new places that have popped up in Savannah and I'm eager to check them out!
EIGHT
Chris' brother got married this past Saturday & the reception was held at the Lodge of a family friend, the view from the back porch is stunning year 'round, but especially this weekend when Alabama was at peak color.
The above photo hasn't been retouched in any way and it was just perfect!
 NINE
I recently had the opportunity to try out a subscription box called Sips By which lets you take a survey and then sends you four different styles of teas based on your tastes.
I got my first box this month & y'all-it is so good!
I think this would be an awesome hostess gift for the holidays or just an excellent gift for a tea lover in your life. You can snag 50% of your first order with the code SIPS50
 TEN
 We had Aubie-Claus (aka Auburn's mascot, Aubie, dressed up as Santa) pictures Saturday morning in Auburn before the wedding, so we made a flying trip down there & back to make sure we could be at both.
Charlie wore the sweetest long-all and y'all, the back just kills me with how sweet it is.
 Isn't that tiger tail just the cutest?!
Chris' brother's wife has the sweetest little boy & Charlie loved taking a picture with him at the reception!
Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Grayton Beach Getaway

A few weeks ago, Christopher & I got a wild hair and decided to book a last minute beach vacation.
By last minute, I mean we decided to book it on Tuesday & left on Thursday!
It was a whirlwind getting everything ready and the house cleaned up so we could be gone, but it was so worth it.
I wanted to walk y'all through where we stayed, what we did, and all the good things because this was the best vacation!

We ended up using VRBO to book the beach house pictured above, Dune Watch, in Grayton Beach, Florida.
We have always vacationed in Panama City, but have fallen in love with the 30A area over the years and decided that Charlie's first trip was the time to make the switch to a little quieter area that is more family oriented.
Our master bedroom was so tranquil and beautiful, plus the bed was really comfortable!
This was the second of three bedrooms. We actually ended up inviting our friends and their little boy and they surprised us by agreeing to come last minute-so this was their room during our stay.
This was the third bedroom which had a twin & full size bed in it (which would be great for the boys to share in several, several years 😂). For now, we sat Charlie's pack-n-play & his slumberpod up in there and let him sleep in that room.
This was the outdoor dining area, a screened in portion of the large porch that fronts the house.
We had breakfast and dinner out here every night of our vacation and it was just so nice and relaxing.
This is the living area for Dune Watch, one of those sofas is also a sleeper sofa so we really could've packed a lot of people into this house if we had needed to.
It had so much seating and we were really able to spread out which was great for us and the kids.
This is the dining area, just off the living room and kitchen.
We personally didn't use this area for eating (why would you when you could enjoy that screened porch?!) but it is really pretty!
This is the gorgeous kitchen, which we cooked breakfast in each morning & served supper in each night. It was roomy enough for two cooks and very well equipped.
I loved how close it was to everything else because I could watch Charlie or talk to the guys while we cooked, if we needed to.
This is the stunning view from the non-screened part of the porch.
Directly across from the house is Grayton Beach State Park, which is protected so that's why there is nothing built across from the house and it's all those beautiful dunes.
You can see the beach access at the top left of this picture so we were very close to the beach and could see it from our porch.
The beach access was like walking to Heaven, seriously so beautiful.

And absolutely stunning views no matter which way you looked.
There were two groups of people on the beach the first afternoon Chris, Charlie, & I went down and it didn't get much more "crowded" that than the entire weekend.
At the top of the picture, you can see more people on the beach. That's because there is public access there & also a location where people can drive their vehicles directly onto the sand.
Charlie's first time putting his feet in the sand!
Sweet sandy toes!

The first sunset we enjoyed on our porch.
I will share all the places we ate and what we did at the end of this post, it'll be easier to group it that way!
Family selfie before going out to dinner!
I wish I had a good picture of us, especially Charlie's outfit that night because he looked SO stinkin' adorable and now he's outgrown that outfit. 😭
We intended to wake up for sunrise that first full day, but ended up being a few minutes late. The view over the water and dunes was still glorious and Christopher & I enjoyed taking in a few minutes on the porch before the rest of the house woke up.
I got a little work in while Charlie took a morning nap.
And then, we beached!
Charlie ended up LOVING the sand.
His sweet little shark beach chair is from Target & has a fin on the back of it-it's the actual cutest thing ever.
Just some Daddys playing with their boys!
We bought Charlie some cheap sand toys at Wall-Mart when we got down to the beach since we didn't have any; there was a scoop & bucket and this little plastic dump truck and he loved them all!
Just like with most of his toys, the dump truck ended upside down so he could spin the tires.
Daddy & Charlie had to take a little stroll through the sand.
He wants to take off walking SO bad, but isn't quite brave enough yet.

He adored the water and wanted us to let him go!
We brought his life jacket & honestly should've put him in it to take him near the water, but we had no intentions of going in deep enough where we would come close to letting him go.
I was just in awe of having the entire beach pretty much to ourselves. It was so, so beautiful.
The sunsets over those dunes & the gulf totally made all the work that goes into a weekend away from home (with a one year old!) worth it.
On Saturday, we headed down the 30A to Seaside for the Farmer's Market.
There were so many little vendors set up; we sampled snacks and chatted with the farmers about their wares.
It was a really joyful atmosphere, like Seaside always is.
I always love walking through the market they have set up and looking at all the bags, hats, jewelry, and clothes. I could spend a lot of money there!
And then of course, that afternoon we had to sneak in a few more beach hours!
The weather was mild, there was an awesome breeze, and we just soaked up our last little bit of beach time.
Snacks on the beach are the best kind of snacks!

There were some absolutely beautiful homes on the beach & that sunset below was just to die for.
I could watch that every single day & most likely never tire of it.
Now for what we ate:
Night One:
Hurricane's Oyster Bar-Christopher & I had been craving oysters for so long and theirs were really, really good. We devoured two dozen raw and a half dozen baked with crabmeat.
Day/Night Two:
AJ's Grayton Beach-This place was only about a 3 minute ride from our house, so we thought it would be a quick lunch idea. The food wasn't bad, but it also wasn't amazing. It seemed like pretty basic beach tourist food.
Goatfeather's Seafood Market-We decided to just grab steamed crab legs & boiled shrimp, potatoes, and corn from a local market and it was delicious. It was also much cheaper than a group of four adults going to dinner and we were able to put the boys down for bed before Chelsea and I ran out to grab the food and we could come back and sit on the screened in porch and enjoy the evening.
Coldstone Creamery-This is totally a chain, but there is one right next to Goatfeathers and so Chelsea and I snuck in a quick mom's treat while we waited on our food to be ready the first night! Their sweet cream flavor is my favorite!
Day/Night Three:
Bud and Alley's Pizza Bar-We were hunting our favorite taco stand, but they are doing so much construction in downtown Seaside right now that it was honestly a little frustrating to deal with.
Our friends also wanted to have somewhere indoors because their little guy was getting hot, so we settled for a patio with lots of fans at the Pizza Bar. The food was pretty good, I love a pizza that is not quite the "usual". I do wish Chris and I had shared & just gotten something Charlie would've been okay eating because it was really pricy. Also, the frose' that I ordered came with a paper straw which wasn't big enough to suck the pieces of ice through and so it was melted by the time I could drink it. Don't recommend that at all.
Goatfeather's Seafood Market-We ordered the same thing as the first night & y'all, it was still so good. I will say, things were seasoned and cooked better the first night so I think it depends on who's cooking. But you can also go in and order at the counter to make sure things are cooked properly and to your liking.
Morning Four:
We left out on Sunday morning, so Chris didn't ask me to cook him breakfast.
We ended up going to The Donut Hole and y'all-it was so good.
I got tomato gravy & biscuits with country ham and they were delish. Charlie and Chris both enjoyed their food, the service was really good, and we got some yummy (and inexpensive!) donuts on our way out for the road!

I think down the road (maybe in the Spring) I'll do a little guide on what we brought to survive our first beach trip with Charlie, but I'll wait on that one! If y'all have any other questions (or suggestions for future 30A spots to check out!) I would love to hear them!

Until next time. . .
xoxo,
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