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road trip: charleston

After our beautiful weekend in Savannah we said goodbye to Jordan’s parents and started the 2nd week of our vacation by heading up the coast to Charleston! Charleston, like Savannah, is so rich in history, charm, and class!

We started our time in Charleston with an amazing breakfast at Hominy Grill, a cute restaurant with amazing food! Next we walked up and down King Street ooohing and awwwing over all the beautiful shops, buildings, and restaurants.  We then headed down to the waterfront to see the historic area. I have to say I learned a lot on our trip! There was so much history about the civil war, the horrific reality of slavery, and our developing country.

After a full day of walking we started to head back to our car when it started raining. We’re from Portland so we’re used to rain, right? No! It was a total downpour, not like the drizzle we’re used to back home. We of course didn’t have an umbrella, were in flip flops, and Jordan had his camera without his bag. Oh my! We decided to run back to the car when we were hit with a giant splash of water from a car driving by. We. were. soaked. Needless to say, it was eventful and memorable!

This is King Street, it reminded us of Rodeo Drive in Hollywood.

The most beautiful Urban Outfitters we’ve ever seen! It used to be a theater and was stunning!

Only in Charleston do you see a donkey walking down the street, why not?

After eating so much Southern food, we decided to do Thai food for dinner at Basil and did not regret it, yum!

The hotel we stayed in was a little bit outside of Charleston on The Isle of Palm and we loved the beautiful view of the water…

but it was a little chilly!!

Up next: a quick stop in Charlotte and then off to Asheville, North Carolina!


road trip: savannah

After our amazing week on the beach, we rented a car in Florida and made the 8 hour drive up to Savannah. It was so fun experiencing a completely different part of the country as we enjoyed a road trip seeing orange groves, old southern homes, and Disney World!

We arrived in Savannah on a Friday evening and were blown away by this beautiful city!

We ate amazing food: a fried green tomato that was out of this world, perfect pralines, and soft shell crab first of the season!

We walked, a lot! So many intricate buildings and city squares.

We enjoyed a carriage tour learning more about the history of Savannah and the infamous ghost stories too.

We savored up a few more days with Jordan’s parents!

Here’s a peek into our weekend in Savannah:

Beignets! Have you had one? When I was a little one of my best friend’s dad would make these as a special treat for us on Saturday mornings. I hadn’t had one in well over 10 years and it was just as good as I remembered!

Up next- Charleston!


road trip: florida

In March, Jordan and I had an amazing opportunity to enjoy a two week vacation. We started off with a week in Florida with Jordan’s parents at a sweet little island his family has been traveling to for 12 years! It was so great catching up with his parents, eating amazing seafood, and soaking up Portland’s long lost love- the sun!

Because we go back to the same island, the same cottage, and the same friends each year, there is a strong feeling of home on this piece of paradise. The familiar smells, sights, and faces are a treasure we cherish!

We took so many pictures on our trip that it has taken me until now to get through them all! I thought we could go state by state, starting in our dearly loved Florida…

Queenie’s icecream is a local favorite and a treat we look forward to year after year. My favorite is the cookies and cream, and Jordan loves the Butter Pecan. Speaking of pecans- these are the MOST amazing pecans I have ever eaten. Our dear friends bring these each year straight from Georgia and cook them up to perfection. YUM!

This is the path we walk each day to get to the beach. Stunning, right? We know we’re “home” again when we see this path…

And the path leads to this…

Next up- Savannah!


i love me some home

After a weekend away with my dear girlfriends, I came home to this beautiful chalk art by my amazing husband! We’ve been loving listening to JohnnySwim (check them out here), which was the inspiration for his design.

Vacations are great and time with girlfriends is like gold- but oh my, I love me some home.


mom’s bunco birthday

My sister and I had a ball throwing my mom a surprise party for her very special BIG birthday! Her friends did a great job keeping it a secret and we found out later that it was her very first surprise party- yes!

We decided to do a bunco party in bright and cheery blues and greens. Everyone brought $5 toward our big {sarcasm here} cash prize for the winners. We wanted to keep it simple with finger foods and, of course a cake! I have had my eye on an this gorgeous purple ombre cake from Pinterest, so we decided to try it out in the blues and greens. Click here to see my Pinterest board with inspiration for the party.

I think the best party planning tip I could give you is to consider what you already own when deciding on a theme for your party. We had the party at my parent’s house and because mom already loves decorating with blues and greens, it made it easy for us to coordinate with her style. I gathered all my blue Ball jars, white/green/blue servingware, and used spare fabric for the banners. We cut circles out of cardstock to add a pop of color to the tables without the expense normally attached to party centerpieces.

Alright, on to the pictures. This is a long post, you have been warned… :)

Who needs helium when you can just hang balloons upside down from the ceiling? I call it “The Balloon Chandelier”.

All of the ladies got a goodie bag at the start of the game and then traded each time they got a “Baby Bunco”. Whatever bag they had at the end of the game is the bag they took home.
another tip here: Did you know that in the paper plate, foil, baggie section of Target they sell the brown lunch bags in different colors? Yes! Red, blue, white, and ol’ trusty brown. They are under $2 for a big stack. I cut the tops with a Martha Stewart cutter I already owned and added a cute tape to finish it off.

My sister collected photos from different eras of my mom’s life and turned them into this great photo banner. It was so fun to see her throughout the years- wasn’t she a cutie?

And then there’s the food! My sister made these three yummy dips to go with homemade bread and dippers.

We also served calzone cupcakes with a marina sauce, coconut shrimp with an apricot sauce, stuffed mushrooms, and white wine sangria.

These chocolate dipped peanut butter pretzels are dangerously delicious!

Here’s the ombre cake! We really didn’t know how the gradient would turn out until we cut into it, so I think my sister and I were the most excited when my mom cut it and we saw all the colors just as we envisioned it!

Dad did a great job sneaking her out of the house for a few hours, and I love how surprised she was when she opened the door!

The happy birthday girl! (Where’s Waldo! Can you spot my rad senior picture?)

Happy birthday mom, you are such a joy to celebrate,