Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Five

How is everyone’s week going? I apologize for the lack of posts these past two weeks. I have been swamped with moving and then starting work back up this week. Thankfully, moving went smoothly and we spend our first night in our new home last Friday night. Last weekend was spent unpacking the never ending pile of boxes and exploring our new neighborhood.

We don’t have furniture for the upstairs den yet (on order!) so we have been camping out on the floor to watch TV. Thankfully, our new TV for downstairs as well as washer and dryer get here today and it will start to feel like a real home! There are lots of projects that I want to complete over the next few months that I am looking forward to sharing with you all. First up, painting! Our den is painted a textured light brown which features beautiful western-themed window treatments. Can't wait to make this house our home.

I'm keeping today's Friday five short and sweet with five links I am loving this week.

This wonderful news about my favorite childhood store. Fingers crossed that when we have kids they will still think its cool.

Summer has be craving fresh baked goods. Loving this easy peach cobbler recipe from Southern Living.

Can't wait to check out this new Raleigh restaurant!

I am always on the lookout for new date night ideas. Love this list! I would love to take a cooking class.

My go to for at home workouts is Greatest. Love this bodyweight cardio workout!

Hope you have a great weekend! Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things next week. 

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday loves! Today wraps up my two week vacation with the family at Topsail Beach, NC.  Topsail is located on the coast of North Carolina about 2 1/2 hours from Raleigh. I have enjoyed his little vay-cay so much and appreciate every second I got to spend with my family at the beach. For today's Friday Five,  I'm sharing five of my favorite must dos when visiting Topsail Island.



One. Visit Lea Island. Lea Island is an undeveloped barrier island located adjacent to Topsail Island. We have been visiting Lea since I was a kid. Years ago my grandparents had a beach house on the island which you can only access by boat. Sadly all the cottages of the island were destroyed by years of wind and water and then was designated as a wildlife sanctuary for thousands of birds. It has a beautiful wide beaches as well as tidal marshes perfect for fishing and clamming. My favorite activity is watching Charlie chase crabs on the beach. Heavens knows what he would do if he actually caught one!


Two. Bike Rides. I believe that no beach trip is complete without a long bike ride around the beach. While at Topsail, we enjoy long bike rides in the evening when the temperature cools down. You can always catch a beautiful sunset at the point.


Three. Local Shops & Restaurants.  Topsail is packed with adorable shops featuring crafts from local artists as well as the most adorable beach gear. We always go out for ice cream after dinner or enjoy a meal at a local restaurant at least once while on vacation. Some of my favorite shops are: Bumblebee Market, Quarter Moon Books & Gifts & Topsail Island Trading Company. My favorite restaurants are Island Delights & Daddy Mac's Beach Grille.


Four. Beach Bingo/ Missile & More Museum. Every Thursday night in the summer, Topsail Historic Society hosts bingo. Bingo is held in the Assembly Building which was built during WWII. The building also hosts the Missile & More museum which tells about the island's history as a Navy test site for guided missiles. At bingo, the crowd is a mix of families vacationing and locals. While I did not win anything, it was fun to try to keep up and compete with my family. The prizes are all pretty good ranging from $50 to $300 a game. All the proceeds go to the local historic society. 


Five. Paddle Boarding. Paddle boarding or kayaking is a perfect way to explore the sound or even the beach. I enjoy paddle boarding in the canals as it protects you from any boat wakes that may knock you over. This trip, we saw a few kayakers in the sound be able to get close to a pod of dolphins.

What are some of your favorite beach vacation activities? Where do you typically vacation in the summer?

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

28th Birthday

Another year older, another year wiser. Isn't that how the saying goes? I'm not sure that I am that much wiser but I am excited to see what 28 brings. The perks of a summer birthday and working in education is that I have never had to work on my birthday. I am looking forward to spending the day on the boat and soaking up the last days of vacation. 


When it comes to birthday gifts I struggled this year to come up with ideas. At the top of my list is a new Elsa top from Lilly Pulitzer. I am thinking that the Garmin Vivofit Bangle may be a little gift for myself since I wear my Garmin Vivofit2 daily. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! Stop by tomorrow for highlights and tips from our Topsail Beach vacation. 

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