Roll Call Monday

Let's keep it simple today.
If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?

Me - I am 34.


Saturday Sip and Shop


The Hemingway Daquiri
Recipe HERE from The Kitchn


Voluspa Gardenia Candle
I purchased this the other day from Nordstrom. It's $16, so a mid-priced candle, but the scent is SO good and strong. This brand of candles will put a delicious scent in your home with the lid off, without even burning it. We had gardenia bushes in our yard growing up, so I love the smell.


Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

Big, big changes this week -- my parents sold our childhood home. I'm sad but honestly so excited for them to be retiring at the lake, where there are lots of great memories that will await us. Laura and I drove down Tuesday to help them pack and spend one last evening around the dinner table. We ordered Chinese takeout and it was the highlight of the trip -- that last dinner all together. Before we left town Wednesday, Mom snapped this photo of Laura and I with the babies on our front porch steps.

The other day I received my first Thred Up shipment ... I got three pieces, all for myself! I used code SUMMER (for your first order only) to get an additional 40% off of the already low prices. My savings were incredible. I plan to share photos on the blog of what I ordered. Overall, VERY happy with this awesome way to shop!

If you haven't tried it yet, you can use my referral link HERE to get $10 off your first order. Here's an awesome Lilly blouse that I almost purchased ... $40.49 before all of the additional discounts! (retailed for $179)

They also have this adorable romper from Gap in a 2T that would look so cute on Camille. Great items for kids!

Also, somebody please scoop up this baby Lilly bathing suit, 3-6mos, new with tags! If you've never ordered with them and can get 40% off the price of $41.49, it's truly a deal!

How good does this recipe look that I pinned to my side dishes board? Pita tostadas with butternut squash, black beans and avocado. (Recipe HERE)


On Sunday, Ian and I went to Pops In The Park, where the Charlotte Symphony played some awesome John Williams tunes. We snacked on cheese, salami, crackers, blueberries and frozen grapes, and brownies. We live in walking distance of the ampitheater and it was so nice to be able to stroll there and back.

We have an awesome weekend planned with my mom's side of the family -- much-needed after lots of big changes going on in everyones' lives (a retirement, a graduation, two home sales, two home purchases, two babies born in the last two months, a cross-country move, WOW!). I have a crisp bottle of New Zealand sauv blanc that is calling my name ... Aaaaaaaaaa-pril! Aaaaaaaa-pril!

Funny Mother's Day cards: The ultimate sacrifice:

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!


A Simple Twist on Premade Margarita Mix

Popping in for a quick moment to share an awesome cocktail you may want to try this weekend. Or, tonight! :)

We have a VAT of premade margarita mix in our fridge. The bottle is huge. It just tastes so generic, so I've been experimenting around with ways to snazz it up a bit. 

Last night I muddled some fresh blueberries at the bottom of a glass with a small dash of simple syrup. On top of that muddled goodness, I added a shot of tequila and ice and then filled it up with the mix. The mint from our yard added a nice minty flavor to this blueberry lime margarita.

So very easy, and you could sub different muddled fruits and herbs for different tastes. A rosemary peach margarita maybe? Or a cilantro pineapple margarita!?

Bottoms up! 


Watergate Salad Recipe

This past Saturday evening, I made Watergate Salad as a side dish. What I like about this dish is how simple and retro it feels.


Just a good ol' fashioned side dish that contains whipped topping and marshmallows. I can definitely wrap my head around that.

1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a large bowl, mix together pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows, and nuts. 
Fold in whipped topping. Chill.


I love a recipe whose last line is "chill." Is this referring to the dish, or the dish preparer? Let's go with the dish preparer. And chill I did, because I knew that I had some green fluffy goodness awaiting me for dinner.


Roll Call: Life Is So Unfair

It's a Monday morning ROLL CALL!

I'm so glad to hear from many of you that you enjoy these discussion topics. Remember that they are only fun if you're participating, so please take the time to comment with your two cents! I truly enjoy reading all of your comments, and it has really helped me to feel re-energized again connecting with the blog reading community.


I saw in a Facebook group this weekend a mom inquiring about whether she should allow her begging teenager to have Snapchat or not. She said that her kid was the "ONLY one at school without it" which got a lot more responses in return about how other womens' children were the "ONLY ones" without so-and-so.

It really took me back to when I was growing up and, you know, life was sooooo unfair because of ... whatever it was at the time (far removed from Snapchat).

Tell me about your experience with this. Life was SO unfair because you were the only one who could not __________ ?

(Me? I was definitely the ONLY kid at school who wasn't allowed to go see PG-13 movies ... when I was 14. I remember asking my mom to go see the Brady Bunch movie and getting shot down -- and just feeling mortified!)


Saturday Sip and Shop


Orange Turmeric Margaritas are a sweet and smoky take on the classic cocktail. Homemade simple syrup. fresh juice and a salty, spiced rim make these drinks extra special but are still easy to make.:

Orange Turmeric Margaritas
Recipe HERE from


Monogrammed Sandals
HERE from Etsy
I just got a pair like this the other day and have been loving them!
Mine are gold/tan with a white monogram. 


Five On Friday : Girls, Golf, Gigi NY

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

We got HBO back and I positively FLEW through Girls season 5 ... did anyone else watch it? I absolutely love that show. Not one you'd want to watch with your mother-in-law, but a true guilty pleasure of mine. The show is so well-written and I love watching Lena's commentary at the end of each episode.

The girls from Girls. HBO.:

Camille's been alllllll about golf recently (maybe because it's constantly on our television). Ian bought her this toddler-sized Golf Set from Amazon and it's been a lot of fun to play with in the evenings before bedtime, when it's slightly cooler outside.

Last night Ian and I went to dinner at Maverick Rock Taco and then saw Chvrches and Death Cab For Cutie in concert. It was a great show -- even though we left way early to get back home at a decent hour. #weareold

dress from TJ Maxx 2 years ago - Gigi clutch found here

I had a chance this week to flip through a magazine while we were at the library. I used to get a few magazine subscriptions a month, and then I got tired of never having time to read them and I let the subscriptions lapse.

Not to sound too old (common theme here today), but the magazine I picked up this time was Good Housekeeping and I REALLY enjoyed it! I think they have rebranded a little bit to make it appeal to a younger crowd. I saw that I can get a year subscription on Amazon for only $5, so I jumped on that deal and ordered it.


Lastly, it seems as if y'all are enjoying the Monday morning Roll Calls as much as I have been, so we will do another one this coming week! If you have any ideas for topics to cover, I'd love to hear them.

How do we find ourselves at Monday so quickly?!:

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!

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