Friday Link Love

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Hello, friends! For me, this week has mostly been about getting back in the swing of things. I am still a little tired after my trip, but things have been pretty chill at home and the office so it hasn’t really been an issue. I keep flipping through all of the pictures I took, and though it has only been a few day since I got back, it is already starting to feel like one of those hazy golden memories where you forget all of the things that went wrong and only the funny awesome moments remain. So far the weekend promises to be low key; I know we are meeting some friends to see the new Star Trek movie, and I have already put in my bid for brunch, but other than that, I think we’ll be sticking close to home and spending quality time with the fur babies. There may even be naps.

These cute printable placemats would be perfect for a summery ladies only brunch.

Not only are these meringues vegan, they are rainbow Lisa Frank perfection!

My dad’s side of the family has serious drink mixing game, a skill I am sorely lacking. However, the next time I am entertaining I will be stashing these wine slushie recipes around the kitchen and faking it.

Free coloring pages are an excellent way to laze around the house this weekend.

I am considering trying this all natural shower spray on my kitchen counters. I always want them to be clean when I am cooking or baking, but I hate the idea of toxic chemicals on the food prep area.

Find out what was the hottest food trend the year you were born; shout out to all of the other Wine Coolers from 86.

I’ll never stop loving flower crowns, but this mermaid crown trend is something I can absolutely get behind.

We all have those days but sometimes a little something can turn it all around. Here are 10 ways to fix a bad day.


Frienaversary 2016 trip: Botany Bay

While the entire trip was an absolute blast, and we did plenty of fun things, what made the greatest impact on me was our trip to Botany Bay. Being a Florida girl born and bred, I have seen my fair share of beaches, enough so that the whole experience has become a bit marganalized for me. Powdery white sand -meh, gorgeous sand dune – cool, but I’ve seen them before. I’d seen pictures of Botany Bay featured on one of my favorite blogs Taking Steps Home, so I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I was completely blown away almost as soon as I stepped out of the car.

BB23 BB25One of the things I thought was pretty cool, was that the beach was not near the parking lot. To get down to it, you had to hike half a mile through the salt marsh. BB26 BB27Gorgeous, but it left you feeling very exposed, and there were tiny crabs(sea spiders) and oyster beds everywhere. Lots of things to see, but we both kept to the trail. BB24 BB28The beach itself was hauntingly beautiful, which I am sure had something to do with the storm rolling in. Stefanie remarked that it looked like something from The Tempest.BB21 BB22Since the entire area is a nature preserve, it is illegal to remove anything from the beach trail or historic locations along the drive. In respect of that, visitors have taken to placing the prettiest shells they find on the dead trees and driftwood that line the beach. BB14 BB13 BB12 BB10 BB17 BB16I got a little overly emotional and went off on a tear about how wonderful it was that the trees were adorned with the shells since they could no longer grow leaves. That it gave them a way to bloom once more with permanence that foliage could not offer. Trust me, I know how it sounds; at least I refrained from actually hugging the poor trees.BB2 BB8 BB5 BB11 BB4
In the spirit of continuing the tradition and in a way, leaving our mark we gathered shells and placed them on empty limbs as we walked along. Unfortunately, our visit was cut short by the aforementioned storm. It didn’t seem wise to walk along a beach, let alone through the marshes with the looming thunder and lightening. I will absolutely be going back to visit, and I can’t wait to show it to Andy.


Savannah!

As many of you know, I recently celebrated my 25th Frienaversary with my bestie Stefanie. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we decided to do something we have talked about doing for a while: having a girls only long weekend. Our route was pretty straight forward: Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we’d be in Savannah, GA, Thursday afternoon, we’d drive to Edisto Island and spend some time at the hauntingly beautiful Botany Bay, and Thursday night thru Saturday morning, we’d explore Charleston, SC.  There were a lot of pictures taken, so to make things a little more manageable, I’ve divided the different parts of the trip into three separate posts, starting with Savannah, GA.

SAV21You can’t start a trip like this without a selfie, it would just be wrong. SAV22 SAV25 The first place we stayed was right across the street from the largest green space in the historic downtown, Forsyth Park.  It turns out that our hosts also had a fluffy black cat named Perf, who instantly became our friend and hung out in our room for a while on Wednesday night.SAV23 SAV24This wildly popular park has been featured in quite a few movies and is just as popular with the locals as it is with tourists. There are not only wonderful windy paths draped with the traditional wisps of silvery moss, there is an amphitheater, a cafe, monuments, a fountain, and a fragrant garden which is located at the heart of the park. SAV27 SAV16The fountain is one of the most iconic images of Savannah; you’ll find it on all manner of merchandise and almost all travel brochures. In all the years I’ve been visiting, there has always been at least one couple getting their pictures professional taken in front of the swans and mermen.  SAV17 SAV18 SAV15 SAV14Thursday morning we spent a few hours wandering around the historic district, admiring the architecture, and walking along the river.  SAV20 SAV19 SAV11 SAV10 SAV9Savannah has some of the best shopping, providing a mixture of local merchants, luxury goods, and more touristy merchandise that guarantees to have a little something for everyone. sAV7 SAV12 SAV5 SAV1 SAV2 SAV13 SAV8 SAV3 SAV4 SAV6Before heading back to the car, we had a fancy water break at a cafe located in on of my favorite shops The Paris Market. They were one of the first places I ever had infused water, and the beautiful shop always has some cool quirky item that I never knew I needed. It was pretty much the perfect way to wrap up our stay in my favorite southern city.


Thinking Inside the Box: Blue Apron Week 3

Before I get into all the posts from my Savannah, I wanted to give you guys a Blue Apron update. We just finished our third week, and things have gotten so much better!

Blue4Our box actually made it on time for the very first time. It was waiting at the door when we got home, perfectly chilled, and relatively unscathed.  Blue5One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about this service is all of the seasonal ingredients that are showcased in the various recipes. This week the focus was on corn, endive, and tinkerbell peppers, and the food was absolutely fantastic.Blue3The skill level required this week was a bit more than in previous weeks, but Andy was a champ and even made his very first jam for the grilled cheese recipe.

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Shrimp & Squid Ink Spaghetti
I’d really been looking forward to the squid ink pasta; it looked so cool, and we really enjoyed the dish. I think I typically enjoy my pasta with a bit more sauce, but with a few minor tweaks, this is something I can absolutely see us making again.
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Sweet Corn & Tinkerbell Pepper Pizza
I dropped the ball a bit with this recipe. I didn’t get enough oil on the baking sheet, and our pizza ended up practically glued to the pan. I managed to chisel it out with a very sharp spatula, but it wasn’t the prettiest plate. The kale salad that actually topped the dish was so good. It took the whole dish from, “pretty good” to “we HAVE to make this again”.
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Grilled Goat Cheese & Plum Jam Sandwiches
This was the best grilled cheese sandwich I have ever had. The goat cheese was smooth and creamy; the shallot plum jam was so perfect I actually ate the left overs out of the pan with my fingers. The tart crunchy salad kept the meal balanced and fresh. So good. I can’t even.

I am really loving this trend of the boxes getting better every week. With such a rocky start, I was wondering whether we’d even want to use the service for a full month, but now I am going to be really sad when the month is up. I can’t wait to see what is coming our way next.


Friday Link Love

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As you guys read this, I am running around Charleston like a mad-woman. Savannah yesterday and Charleston today, so much to see and do! I’ll have lots of pictures for you guys over the next few weeks and hopefully an amazing restaurant review or two. If you’d like to follow along with the adventure, you can always check out my Instagram account and see what shenanigans I am currently up to. Even though I am out of town I wanted to make sure you guys got to end you week with a little link love. So here we go!

26 beauty products to help you get your summer mermaid on.

This pretty grey tee from Anthro would be a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.

DIY minty cooling mist to help you combat the epic heat wave sweeping through our country.

I’d like to think that my sense of humor is maturing as I age, but then I see things like this woman making her nose “twerk” and I realize how far I have to go.

I am obsessed with this pastel candy covered Instagram page.

A great way to bring your pet into your work out routine. Goodness knows I’d never be able to do yoga without my fluffy assistants.

Something that needs to make an appearance at your next movie night…or Tuesday night or whatever.

Andy and I went to see Ghostbusters earlier this week, and all I can tell you is that Chris Hemsworth is hilarious and I want Jillian Holtzmann to be my new best friend.

Image from here.