Thursday, June 22, 2017

EBN Baptism

Here are a few photos from our daughter's baptism on June 18th, 2017. 
Godparents

Chewing on sunglasses (her fave) in church.
The only family pic we got, gf was ready to go!
She fell asleep immediately afterwards.
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And slept through her whole party!!
Details: 
Best Day Ever.
EBN, We simply could not love you more!!!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our Weekend

Hey y'all!
Some snaps of the haps this weekend going up...on a Tuesday.
Friday I did the grocery shopping with my girl. We also swung by Barberitos and picked up burritos (and queso!!) for dinner.  I shared on my instastories (@lauralnielson) that we tried the Costco prepared margaritas and they were perfect for our Friday night fiesta.
On Saturday my mom and I took EB out to the mall for a little shopping trip.  
Omg, someone please pinch me: 
Saturday night we grilled out.
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On Sunday we were out the door to church...
We had lunch on the roof at Carolina Alehouse.  EB slept the whole time...this hasn't happened in months!!
Then we took a stroll through Marion Square and browsed the Spoleto Tents.
For dinner I made quick and easy tacos and we hung out on the porch...this June weather has been wonderful, albeit a little wet.
I hope y'all had a great one!
xLaura

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Highfive

Happy Friday!!
Here is a highfive for getting through the week!
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EB's Baptism is next weekend!  We are really looking forward to it.  It's especially fitting that it's happening on Father's Day because she sparkles brightest for her daddy.
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On Wednesday I made Pad See Ew for dinner and it.was.epic.
I went to the Asian Grocery store to get a few ingredients and followed this recipe.
The only change I will make next time is to add the broccoli sooner, because it was still basically raw and I removed it.
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Front porch sprucing.  
I painted our bistro set navy this week and added the lantern.  Remaining on my list:  cut back the azalea that is covering part of the porch, punchy cushions for the chairs, and a wreath.
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I took a chance and ordered this top from Shein last month.  It took a while to come in, but overall I'm happy with it.  Quality is on par with price.  I have been curious about the cheap clothes for years and I've noticed several bloggers pitching them recently so I figured I'd give it a try.  Now I just need a fun date night occasion to wear this!
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Don't let this sweet (fake) smile fool you, gf was NOT HAVING library storytime yesterday and we had to leave halfway through.  
 Doesn't she look like she's ready to punch someone?!
Chill out, chick :)
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Hope y'all have a great weekend!
xLaura

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Days, Driftin' Away

The days are longer and have started drifting together over here.  I had to go back and check in on my last few posts to see where I left off...
So they had a little graduation ceremony at the Little Gym a couple weeks ago.  Too cute.
We have been trying different solids.  I ordered EB a scrambled egg at Bagel Nation and gf was like Gimme that everything bagel, momma!
Pool days...Lots of fun.  We joined Kristina and Emma at a swanky pool that had it's own putting green....perfect spot to let the babes go...
This girl is ON THE MOVE.
Crawling everywhere!!  It is the cutest thing I've ever seen.
A few snaps from Memorial Day weekend...
Aquarium chillin'
Visit with Opa
Bringing it around to this weekend...
EB turned 8 months on Saturday!!!
Here is the darling outfit of mine that I put her in for the "photoshoot"
And then a family cookout on Sunday.
That catches us up!
I've got a few fun updates for the Friday Highfive this week.
Stay tuned.
xLaura

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend included trips to the pool, the aquarium, and lots of grilling out.
Summer Lovin'
I hope you had a great holiday weekend as well!
xLaura

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Den Design Plans

I have all these home posts I want to do, but as I'm sure you can relate, none of the rooms are completely "done" yet.  I've just decided to go ahead and share some of the rooms, with commentary on what I have done and want to do...Be sure to stick around til the end of the post where I share the before photos.
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Besides the yard, the den space of our home is what sold me.  I loved the french doors and how they open up to the patio, with a view of the palm trees in the yard.  I loved the built-in shelves.  I loved the island and pictured our kids doing their homework there, or eating there as a special weekend treat while watching a movie.

So far, here is what we've done:
First up we painted everything.  This includes the shelves which was a pain in the booty.  Literally, sitting on the floor for hours, painting upside down. Woof.  
We installed pendant lights with a dimmer switch above the island.

What we want to do:
We will change out the globes later when we find something we love, these were a quick Lowe's find. We also plan to replace the countertops with granite in the near future (and long term, perhaps do hardwood throughout).  
Oops, crooked pic!
I am looking to put matching decorative mirrors on either side of the built-in.
Any other ideas?  Perhaps another end table and lamp on the left?
I am back on the estate sale circuit looking for more staffordshire dog statues to add to this bookshelf.  I also would like to find some small coordinating picture frames to fill the bottom shelf with some family photos.
I need some serious shelf-styling help here  The plan is to find a piece of furniture, a hutch or buffet, to put where Alfie and the wine fridge are in this photo.   We will take out the two bottom shelves and make it a dry bar.  As far as the TV section, eventually this area will be really "kid centric"... i.e. more board games, toys, school artwork displayed.  I think it would be really fun to find a few mismatched globes to display on the top shelf...
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And last but not least, Before Photos:

It's such a work in progress...but it's definitely a job I enjoy.
Hope you're having a good week!
xLaura


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Weekend

This was definitely one of those "good to the last drop" sort of weekends.  
On Friday night we did take out, per usual.  East Bay Deli this week, my fave!
I watched this creepy documentary.  I totally recommend if you're into True Crime.
 On Saturday I went on a run with my girl, and then we met up with Aunt T for some Frothy Beard action.
 K slow smoked baby back ribs for dinner.  AWESOME.  Seriously best I've ever tasted.  This is before he smothered them in more bbq sauce.  YUM.  I served with grilled corn and "kicked up black beans" (beans simmered with onion and bell pepper).  
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Sunday was church followed by a quick brunch at Rue de Jean.
Home for a bit and then a late afternoon pool trip.

<3 

 We had leftovers for dinner, fought over the last rib!
I hope your weekend was great.
xLaura

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My First Mother's Day

What a special weekend this was... I celebrated my first Mother's Day.
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We spent Saturday evening celebrating with my mom, and Publix fried chicken!
I am trying to get more family photos with the three of us, my Aunt snapped this one which I love:
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On Sunday, K cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast and tended to the babe while I lazed in bed until 8:30!
Midday, I took EB on a run with me-every single passerby wished me a Happy Mother's Day...  it was really sweet.  I saw so many dads with their kids on the greenway.  Moms #1 Wish= alone time!
Later I requested queso dip and a late afternoon beach stroll, so that's what we did.
Ok, Mom, enough pictures:
No really, ENOUGH PICS:
 I am going with "the ocean brought her to a zen place" here, but really I'm thinking Miss Thang is OVER.IT.
 
 After getting the baby bathed and in bed we had burgers on the grill.
We had half a pack of Hawaiian sweet rolls left from our family get together Saturday, so we did sliders and they were fantastic!  We also had grilled corn marinated in Italian salad dressing.
Then, K surprised me with a maid service!
I felt spoiled and loved and tremendously blessed to be given the gift of motherhood.
Thank you to my family and friends who made me feel special.
Love you all, and I hope you felt the same!
xLaura

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Highfive

So happy to have made it to the weekend, and my first Mother's Day!
Highfive, y'all.

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My gf sent me the sweetest Mothers Day surcee this week.  It was so thoughtful!! Love you, Ab!

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I mentioned last week that I was feeling bored in the kitchen, so I tried two new meals this week!
Thai sweet chili chick with peppers/onions over rice quinoa blend:
Grilled pork chop with farmers mkt pasta and crispy roasted okra:
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Quick story:  When we had our initial home inspection we realized that the dishwasher did not work.  The seller agreed to replace, and did, but with a new model that did not match our other stainless steel appliances.  Somehow this slipped by my husband at the follow up and wasn't noticed until after the closing, when nothing could be done.  I was annoyed at the situation and really wanted everything to match!  I did some research and found an awesome solution: the stainless steel magnetic dishwasher cover.  I wanted to share here because I am so pleased with the product!   
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EB received her first book from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library this week.
I love when my girl gets mail...except medical bills.  Ugh.
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This wine is a great deal at HT.  $6.50 a bottle.  It has been our "house white" recently.  Ready for a cold glass on the porch tonight!
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I hope y'all have a great weekend!
xLaura