Basket Options

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I wanted to be sure when I put nail holes in my “new” wall, that I was committed to what was being hung, so after deciding on some form of baskets I began my search for just the right ones. I scoured Home Goods and Target and Pottery Barn. They were a little harder to find then I expected. But after searching for a while I learned some key search words: woven, tobacco, collapsible. I was pleasantly surprised by the options that presented themselves when I began to cast wider searches. I am positive that searching through antique shops and peddlers malls you could find wonderful options, but with 5 kids – online shopping is the way for me most of the time. Which also means that you can find the same exact baskets I did!

 

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I Have This Wall…

I really thought that I wasn’t going to want anything on our television wall. We have this big deer head from Restoration Hardware on one wall in our family room and an open staircase/loft on another wall and our 3rd wall is filled with windows, so I just really thought it needed to be clear and clean. But the longer I lived with it, the more I felt that it just felt bare.

And so I did what I always do when stuck on a design decision. I went to pinterest.  Hours were spent scouring through home photos because it was such a big space and I have this thing about wall hangings being too small. I hate it. But, I digress. I was immediately drawn to baskets.  There was something unique about them and I love the texture. Here are a few pictures I loved enough to pin when searching for wall hanging inspiration.  Maybe they will inspire you to refresh a wall…

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Weekend Movie Ideas

We have grown board with many of the children’s movies on Netflix in our home(Except Yours, Mine, and Ours)… So I have resorted to playing my crew movie’s from my childhood. And they love them. Bonus, so do I! Why don’t they make sweet, innocent movies like these anymore? I could have made this a master list of like 15 movies we are working our way through, but here are 6 to fill your free time this hot summer weekend.  Only a few more of these weekends left before school begins, so if it’s raining and we can’t be at the pool, you will find us on the couch being lazy and watching one of these flicks!movies

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House Light Chosen

I picked out my top 5 choices for outdoor lighting a few months ago and I have been sitting on my options since then. Here is a taste of what I have been loving!outdoor-lighting-options

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My birthday was a few weeks ago and my parents gave me money for lights so I finally had to make a decision. Here is what I picked out!

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I just ordered the Homesteader Seeded Glass Outdoor Wall Lantern from Shades of Light. Ultimately, it was one of the larger lights at 19 inches tall for the cost. I also love that it is part modern and part tradition with the seeded glass. Ordering a light I have never seen in person makes me a tad nervous, so here’s hoping they come in looking as beautiful as I envisioned! I can’t wait to share pictures of the house with them up!

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Top 3 Choices to Dine At in Savannah

With 5 young children, dining out always plays an important use of our time when traveling alone. Blake and I always do alot of research about the best places to eat because it has been years since we have regularly visited sit down restaurants. Savannah made that job hard! The city is full of wonderful seafood restaurants and lots of little pubs. We visited more then these spots obviously, but these 3 restaurants were my favorite from this trip!

1. The Olde Pink House – Every time I asked where to eat or searched Savannah’s top restaurants, The Olde Pink House was always at the top of every. Single. List. So naturally, we couldn’t pass up the chance to eat at what was raved as Savannah’s best restaurant. And it did not disappoint! The old home was beautiful and the restaurant ran like clockwork. Not to mention that the food was wonderful! I had sea scallops and Blake had fried chicken. While I loved my seafood, the crust on his chicken beat it! Word of advice? Make your reservations for the tavern if you visit! We snuck down to look around after dinner and were heartbroken that we missed the opportunity to sit the in quaint, dimly lit cellar. You felt like you were in the most romantic spot in all of Savannah, and that’s saying alot!

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2. The Sixpence Pub – While on a horse drawn tour one morning, we passed by this little pub on Bull Street. Blake loves British pubs after spending a semester in London in college and then when we had learned that it was in a scene from “Something To Talk About” with Dennis Quaid and Julia Roberts, we knew we had to make our way back for lunch. It has a tiny little dining room of about 10 tables and beautiful dark wood bar. And the food… the food was delicious. Blake had an open roast beef sandwich and I had a small salad(with homemade ranch dressing) and yummy french onion soup. We will most certainly pay The Sixpence Pub a visit on our next trip to Savannah. 63. Vinnie Van Go-Go’s – This restaurant was by far the most casual spot we visited on our trip, but was most definitely one of our favorite meals. When researching places to eat, this little place popped up over and over again. The only seating is patio, so dress appropriately, but it is worth it! Anytime that Blake and I can eat pizza together and each get what we want is a good day! Neither of our favorite choices would be something the other would enjoy. At Vinnie Van Go-Go’s you can order entire pie’s, but we went for the customizable slices. For $3 you start with a huge slice of cheese pizza and then add on whatever you life for a small up charge. Mushrooms and onion for me while Blake got sausage on one slice and pineapple and ham on a second. Keep in mind that they only accept cash, and don’t open until late afternoon, but if you are headed to Savannah, you have to try the pizza. pizza

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The Great Vacation Debate – Savannah Wins!

If you follow me on Instagram you already know, that when it came to our vacation decision making – Savannah won out! Neither of us had ever been and the idea of combining both history, a new location, and the beach made our decision making fairly easy!

I took my camera, but it never left our hotel room. While I wish I had a few pictures with our camera, Blake and I were able to spend 3 full days with little electronic usage. We were snapping a few photos of beautiful homes and cobblestone streets with our phones, but worked hard to enjoy the moment. And the moments went quickly! I had done some research, but had no idea how much there would be to do in Savannah! There were beautiful mansions to tour, horse and trolley tours, ghost tours, tons of quaint little shops, and -this is saying alot coming from Louisville, KY- more restaurants then I could imagine!

If Savannah is on your list of places to visit, move it to the very top! It is a gorgeous city with so much history. Savannah won my heart!

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A Simple Centerpiece

These pots were a find. I purchased them from Anthropologie with no idea what to do with them, but knowing I couldn’t walk away from 5 pots for $15!!!! A few months after purchasing them, I knew that with that rustic, worn look they needed one thing – MOSS. Not real moss of course, because I can only keep fake plants alive. Here is how I threw together a quick, simple centerpiece for our dining room table.

A SIMPLE CENTERPIECE

Pots of your choice

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Hot Glue

Green Moss

1. Crumple up enough newspaper to fill your pots. Make sure it comes above the edge of the pot.

2. Hot glue the sheet moss to the top of the newspaper.

3. Tuck the excess moss into the side of the pots

DONE!

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Photo By Laura Cook Photography

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Some Fourth of July Inspiration

JULY-4If you are still looking for some ideas for your July 4th, check out my Pinterest board ! I am traveling, but I couldn’t help pinning some yummy food and adorable decorating ideas! I am planning on a photo booth next year. There are also a few cute craft ideas to keep the kiddos entertained! Enjoy your time with family and loved ones – I know I will!

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The Vacation Debate

Blake and I have only begun to travel in the past year or so (probably because it has only been in the last year that the twins have begun to consistently sleep through the night. I wouldn’t wish that combination on anyone!). This summer, we decided to take a quick, last minute trip. Here are our top 3 reasons for choosing our top 3 locations!

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1. Beautiful scenery – I don’t believe that needs any explanation.

2. Affordable location – Their hotels were pretty reasonable for a summer vacation destination.  And if you love Bed and Breakfasts, Asheville is the place for you! Plus, they let you hike, bike, and walk trails for free. Not many spots let you do that. For minimal ticket prices you can visit beautiful Chimney Rock  or the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain.

3. Biltmore Estate – It is America’s largest private home. And gorgeous. It’s gorgeous. You can easily spend all day touring the house and grounds. Their rose garden contains over 200 varieties of roses. Smells are free.

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1. Historic city – Savannah is full of such history and character. Horse drawn carriages. Trolleys.  Parks with fountains. A cathedral. Historic homes. And ghosts. I keep reading about haunted tours. You can tour this beautiful city while riding a trolley or horse drawn carriage or bike or- wait for it – a segway!

2. Close to the beach – I don’t really want to get in the ocean, but I want to be able to see the ocean. Anytime I can breath in salt air, I consider it a wonderful trip. Tybee Island is only about 20 minutes from Savannah and appears to be so adorable and picturesque. Lots of brightly colored cabins and seafood restaurants. This would definitely make it on our must see list if we visited Savannah.

3. The food – With 5 young children, we seldom eat in a sit down restaurant. Food always makes it way near the top of our priorities when traveling without the kids. While researching Savannah, we discovered that Savannah appears to have a wide variety of high quality restaurants. Obviously, seafood is done well there, but there are also trendy restaurants specializing in American food with a twist. Eating a meal in a historic building like The Olde Pink House or The Pirates’ House is very appealing to me. There are also spots for brunch and the quaint practice of afternoon tea. 
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1. The beach – Who doesn’t want to take a trip to the beach? I grew up in Florida and if we are going to take a trip in the summer, I just feel as if my toes HAVE to touch the sand. Maybe it is because of the 5 children, but when I imagine a kid-free vacation, it normally consists of reading a book, getting some sun, and doing nothing. Destin is perfect for that.

2. White sand and clear water – The beaches of Destin are some of the prettiest that you will find in the United States. The sand is white, like sandbox sand. The water is blue and clear and gentle. Perfect for paddleboarding.

3. And the beach – Destin is more desirable then other panhandle locations, like Panama City, that have more of a tourist trap feel. Traffic is not terrible, even when we have visited in the busy months of June and July. And from anywhere that you stay, you are never more then a quick drive to the… beach! That’s why you go right?

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Our Family Room Chair

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On Monday I shared 6 budget friendly accent chairs I found when searching for a chair for our new family room. You have probably noticed a trend in the style and color. I really wanted a dark gray with a higher back. A modern wingback. Durable(5 kids – remember?) and semi-comfortable. The chair isn’t facing our television so I knew it wouldn’t get used every day, but we had an empty corner and it needed a chair. ..

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I had had my eye on this chair for about a year. Every time I visited World Market, I would search out the Charcoal Oscar Chair and sit in it. It is a tad more traditional then our couch, but I wanted to bring in the warmth of a nice traditional chair. And the fact that World Market has terrific sales kind of helped seal the deal. I got this chair for under $260! It was a little stiff when I first unwrapped it, but as we have sat in it, it has become plenty comfortable. And it is deep! I love a chair that is deep enough you can pull your legs up underneath you and not feel like you are going to fall out of it. Lastly, the fabric has some texture to it, so dirt is more easily hidden. Remember, the 5 kids?

4 months later, I would choose it again. It looks more expensive the $260 I paid for it(with a sale and a coupon). It is large enough for my 6’2 husband to sit in. And the dark gray adds some warmth to our light, airy family room.

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