Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This is what I have been working on.....

For all of you that still actually check in on my blog, I'm back!  Please welcome Crosby Philip to our little blogging world! I have much to update - and some future blog changes.

Life just got so hectic and overwhelming for a few months. Truthfully, I just now missed or cared about blogging. But, I'm FEELIN' it again! I hope you will bear with me while I get readjusted.

Much love & thanks~

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I love a BLT

I am not much of a sandwich eater. But a BLT is a little bite of heaven (along with Krispie Kreme. But that's another story)
Just make sure it is made with John's Island Tomatoes.....

Monday, June 11, 2012

New Rug - What do you think?

I have wanted to add some pink touches to our bedroom since we repainted it a few years back. So I could not resist when I saw this rug at Marshall's. And for only $16.99, I can feel guilt free. I was worried about what Hubs might think of adding more pink to our room. But so far he has not noticed;)
 Previously there was a black and white rug there. How do you think the pink looks?

Thanks for your help! Have a super Monday.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Four years ago today I married my best friend. And while most of my friends have been married longer than that, I still feel like so much has happened! It's been full of joy and great memories. It's certainly had it's frustrating moments. And when I'm at my best, I'm constantly learning and growing.

This verse is probably the most read at weddings. It was one we selected. But today I am reminded of the truth of it.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Happy Anniversary, Grant. Thank you for the happiest moments of my life.  We appreciate you and all your hard work. Love you!

All pictures by Josie Photography

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts

Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts

I made this last night for dinner. It is one of those recipes you try and it turns out to be a keeper.
It's in this months Southern Living magazine. But here is the complete recipe and link.


4 skinned and boned chicken breast (about two pounds)

1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 4 large peaches, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)
  • Garnish: fresh basil leaves


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from skillet, reserving drippings in skillet.
  2. 2. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallot to hot drippings in skillet, and sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 45 to 60 seconds or until fragrant. Add basil, chicken broth, and peaches. Return chicken to skillet, and turn to coat.
  3. 3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Art I'm Lovin'

I stumbled across this local artist, Ester Deen,  while on vacation in St. Simon's. I usually lean towards abstracts and bright colors, but I am loving these marsh scenes.

She is based out of St. Simon's, but her art is in several low country galleries and online. Really great thing? Pricing starts at $100 for a 6x6.
Hubby and I said we are buying a piece of art for this anniversary. Maybe one of these will be the one!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fridays Fancies - White Hot

I love white. And I personally feel it is fine to wear anytime of the year. Of course I would look like a huge marshmallow wearing all white this pregnant summer. So someone please wear a version of this for me:

Necklace - unknown
I found this on Pinterest. If anyone knows the original source, I would love to know too!

Dress - H&M
Ring - Cosebelle Charleston

Clutch - Clare Vivier (I found this one on Pretty Mommy)

Shoes: Aspiga

Sorry about the earlier post mishap. I'd like to blame Blogger (or even my toddler). But, I'm sure I
deleted my original post somehow. Oh well. I am still on vacation. Let's blame that.
Thanks for your patience.

Hope everyone as a great weekend. We're going to go enjoy our last day of St. Simons Island.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Phoenix and Co. Jewelry

So I am super excited. Last week I was notified that I won my first ever blog giveaway. And let me tell you, I can not wait to use my $50 gift to choose some of this hot jewelry. Phoenix and  Co. Jewelry  has some really unique and fun pieces. Here are a few of my favorites:

Jessie Fishbone Necklace

Jestine Brass and Agate Cuff

Devon Thorny Cuff

Aren't these pieces great?! I might have to order all three.

Be sure to check out the website http://www.phxandco.com/.

Sending a big thank you to Brianne at Phoenix and Co. Jewelry and to Alison at http://www.longdistanceloving.net/
You gals made my weekend!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Decorating with Turquoise and Red

We are still on vacation - and waiting for the last of Tropical Storm Beryl to move out. A big thank you to Cyndi Murphy for your fantastic (and always descriptive) guest blog. You can visit  her blog, Musings of the Meandering Murphys at http://meanderingmurphys.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much to Jennifer at Oo-la-la for letting me guest blog while she's holidaying in St. Simons with her family! Jennifer's style and mine can be quite different, though we always seem to love what the other wears/decorates/eats/whatever. I was more than happy to share my latest obsession as a guest blogger -- turquoise and red.

My husband and I are living overseas in Australia on a work assignment. Typically, there are two ways to move with an international company: 1) Bring your own furniture from home (more specifically, whatever you can fit in a shipping crate), or 2) Rent a home that is already furnished. With our moving circumstances, we opted for Option 2.

Long story short: We hated it. When the furnished apartment's lease came up, we promptly moved out and bought the bare minimum amount of cost-efficient furniture to make a comfortable home in an unfurnished apartment. While we did have some added expenses, we also had the freedom to decorate with essentially a blank slate. I figured I might as well try something a little daring and different, especially since I was living abroad and this was not lifelong investment furniture.

After visiting a fellow expat's home who was using turquoise as an accent, I knew I wanted to use it, too. I searched online for a couple of turquoise 'inspiration photos' and stumbled across turquoise and red together. I loved it immediately but thought I could never pull it off properly. I looked at a few other colour options, but always came back to the turqu-red combination, especially with a white background.

This vivid combo was definitely something daring and different for me, but not so radical that I couldn't find pieces that worked together. In the back of my mind, I knew could always split the colors to use separately in different rooms if it didn't work or I grew tired of it. When heading to the shops, I took some photos with me to capture the right shades of red and turquoise for consistency.

The first piece I bought was the rug. This wasn't exactly by design but by incredible sale price. On the rug sale rack, I spotted a plush, thick pile rug with different shades of turquoise -- perfect for matching up any varieties of turqu that I settled on. I told the salesman that I hadn't actually started decorating the apartment yet, so it didn't make sense to buy a rug before I bought a stick of furniture. He argued that the room decor should be built from the floor (or rug) up. He added that it's much harder to match a rug after the fact. Of course, he is a rug salesman but his argument made sense.

I asked the price, and he flipped the rug over to get the dimensions and item number. That's when I realized that I had picked out an Espirit Home Collections rug... the most expensive brand the store carried. Of course. I didn't even know Espirit made rugs, but I'm not shocked that their high prices carry over to the home goods, too.

He checked the sale price and expressed his shock at how low the price was for that size and type of rug (again, he is a salesman, but it appeared to be genuine shock). It was still higher than I would normally pay for a rug, but it really did sound like a good deal. Why not? I paid and pulled the car around for pickup. As he was loading it in the car, he confessed that he had misquoted me the wrong price (he had looked at the smaller size price) but it was too late -- I got the rug for about 65% off the retail price instead of the advertised 25%! It was a mistake definitely in my favour, and it's definitely been worth it.

Now that I had a central rug, I had to get busy on the furniture. I figured the best way to pull off this striking colour combination was against all white. I found a furniture store in Australia similar to the American furniture store Rooms-To-Go. It had a stunning Chanel-inspired quilted white leather sofa set that would be the living room's focal point. The other pieces just fell into place.

The result was expressive and clean, yet serene. Our new home feels bright and cheery -- a relaxing, happy abode to call our own down under. When it comes time to leave Australia, we'll try to bring the furniture back to America or re-sell it. Regardless, it's ours to enjoy for now.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Fridays Fancies

Who is ready for a long weekend?! Friday kicks off one of my favorite weeks of the year - family vacation. I look forward to waking up to this view every day:

St. Simons Island, GA

And it's also the one time of the year I get to spend time with my sister, brother, and their families. It's a crowded, but wonderful few days!

How will you be spending the holiday?

Memorial Day Margarita

Perfect Memorial Day Outfit

Yes, please

Make sure to check out more fabulous fancies on

Pink, White, & Blue

1. Earrings - Teal Door Vintage
2. J. Crew Shirt
3. Forever 21 Bracelet
4. Coach Bag
5.Markus Lupfer
6. Forever 21 Bracelet
7. Christian Louboutin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nursery Sneak Peak

Nurseries are always fun (the decorating that is - not the dirty diapers and midnight feedings).
But, we are facing a difficult decorating conundrum with trying to sell our townhome. I honestly wanted to go in a completely different direction- including fun wallpaper. But since we have no clue if we will move before or after our new baby boy - keeping things simple is the easiest solution. I started with this for my inspiration:

Reason number one -  I am drawn to the beach theme since we live on the coast. Reason number two - the current nursery is painted almost the exact same color. So with a change of fabric and a few decorations - we will have a simple (and money saving) nursery change.

The fabric I chose is called "Crab Netting" in sunset orange by Karen Robertson. This will be used for decorative bedding, changing pad cover, and chair cushions.

This is an original watercolor by the amazing and sweet Sarah Swanson. I have a series of three to bring more of the coral tones into the room.
Be sure to check out her shop, Gallery Wall. You will not believe what a steal these fun pieces are.
I need one in hot pink as well.

What do you think so far? I will post pictures of the finished room in August. Can't wait to see for myself!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Southern Cornbread Salad

I have wanted to try this Paula Dean recipe for over a year now. So glad I finally made it. It was a perfect side for a cookout we attended this past weekend. And easy too. I cheated and used Jiffy for the the cornbread - substituting buttermilk for the milk (and I added some jalapenos as well). This recipe is definitely a keeper.


  • 1 batch cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes, recipe follows
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can niblet corn, drained
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar
  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle ranch dressing
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish


In the bottom of a large glass bowl, place cornbread cubes. Layer beans, corn, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and cheese on top of cornbread. Spread ranch dressing evenly over cheese. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Generously season a cast iron skillet with up to 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Preheat the pan either in the oven or on the stove over medium-high heat.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Pour batter into the preheated cast iron skillet. Place skillet in the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. If making individual size cornbreads in smaller pans, they will require a shorter cooking time.

Serves 8

Double Layered - Yum

I heart Purple

It seems that everything I am purchasing this spring is purple or lavender. I've always liked those shades, but I see a real trend in my choices!

Knotted thong sandal - Victoria Secret
On sale for $23!!

Essie Nail Color - Lapis of Luxury
I bought this last weekend and it's now gracing my toes.

I love Lush bath bombs and bubble melts. I make several orders per year and I am never disappointed. This a new bath bomb - Phoenix Rising.

I've had my eye on this pretty purple bracelet for a few months now. Looks like I will be placing a Stella & Dot order soon.

What great purple goodies have you seen this season?
Have a great Monday!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Highlights

Hello! I'm starting fresh this Monday with a new blog post. Between travel, life, and still trying to sell our townhouse I am a blogging slacker.
I do hope everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend. We sure did. Grant and Greyson surprised me with these goodies:

This is a bad picture. But, awesome necklace!


Besides the above gifts, I was also surprised with a Tulip & Iris flower delivery. And I ate every pregnant craving imaginable. We found time around my feeding schedule to enjoy a downtown walking tour, the Farmers Market, and Second Sunday on King St.
Maybe I walked off some of that food.....

Thank you Grant & Greyson for a perfect weekend. You are my true gifts.
I love you!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hungry for this

We are going on a little family vacation next week. I'm looking forward to spending a few days with my two favorite guys. Oh? George Clooney and Ryan Gosling aren't going to be there?? Oh well. I still plan on making this for breakfasts:

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

I found this recipe on www.alexandracooks.com and I can not wait to try it.

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Serves 6-8
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk
* 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Please share your favorite breakfast recipes!

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Big Boy Room for Greyson

In addition to creating a nursery for a new baby, I've also been working on Greyson's big boy room too. Here are a few of the basics we have in place so far:

Restoration Hardware Bedding

I was lucky to get this on clearance. It's actually a duvet cover - for easy cleaning.

Modena 3 in 1 Navy Crib

 We are going to use Greyson's current crib for the new baby. I found this convertible crib for a great price. Loving the navy!

This is going to be my favorite. The picture above is not mine. It's from

And it is the coolest. I have an super old dresser that we are going to repaint white - and then you just purchase, paint, and attach the overlay. They have a huge selection too.
I'll post a picture when the project is complete.

Happy Monday!