Friday

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. :)

O N E
We have had a great week!

I got to have lunch with my girlfriends at Paco's Tacos ...


Camille enjoyed her own little baby-sized hat at Party City...


We got into some mischief...


... then redeemed ourselves by behaving very well at music class.



T W O
Let's talk television. I am obsessed with Below Deck and so glad it is back! I watch it On Demand, and it's on Bravo. Anyone else watching?

#BelowDeck “More Foam, Bosun!” http://getreallol.com/below-deck-more-foam-bosun/: #BelowDeck “More Foam, Bosun!” http://getreallol.com/below-deck-more-foam-bosun/

T H R E E
This may make me HASHTAG OLD for posting about, but I just have to share the goodness that is these scent-boosting laundry pods. Snuggle makes them and I purchase them on Amazon here.

They seriously make our laundry smell amaaaaazing and have been a huge help in making our older towels smell really yummy again. Again, sort of a lame old-person update, but I just couldn't help myself.

Snuggle Laundry Scent Boosters, Blue Iris Bliss, Tub, 56 Count

F O U R
I hosted this month's Bunco the other night, and I made a really simple appetizer that was gobbled right up! The original recipe can be found HERE are these are the tweaks I made:

+ I omitted the marinara dipping sauce. They were great on their own!
+ I halved the crescent roll triangles to make two even skinnier triangles. This allowed one can of crescent rolls to make 16 roll-ups that were more bite-sized than the original recipe.
+ Due to the smaller crescent roll size, I cut the string cheese in thirds rather than halves.

I would definitely recommend this appetizer ... it will be perfect for tailgating season!

Pizza roll ups: Pizza roll ups

F I V E
Lastly, I recently shared about the opportunity to send mail to the homeless veteran in Asheville's VA Hospital that is not doing well. He is still alive and is enjoying the MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND letters he has received! To any of you who mailed something to him ... thank you thank you thank you. I think it is safe to say that he has been flooded with love.

Wishing we didn't need a street-side mailbox because I much more love the wall-mounters.: Wishing we didn't need a street-side mailbox because I much more love the wall-mounters.


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



Wednesday

My Favorite Piece From La Senorita Jolie

There is a dress I've lived in all summer, and I have no plans to put it away for the fall. It's a really cute mini-dress in warm weather, but it's also the perfect length to layer over leggings. And it's super-soft, like the old big t-shirt that you steal from your honey.


It's the Tory dress from La Senorita Jolie. It has a blousy fit, an elasticized waist, and it's machine wash, tumble dry. Hallelujah. I went with the gray color, but they also have it in black.

Here's the description from the website:

This versatile tunic can be incorporated into your wardrobe for many occasions! The Tory can double as easy beach wear, a mini dress, or is perfect for layering with a pair of leggings! You can't beat the comfort of this LSJ best seller! 

Slight V 
Easy fit Tunic, Mini Dress or Beach Cover-up 
Imported cotton/polyester 
Machine wash. Tumble dry.

My La Senorita Jolie rep has offered to host an online trunk show for anyone who wants to take a look at the current collection! Her number is also listed on the invitation if you have any questions for her. Here are the steps to take a peek into the trunk show:

  • Visit the La Senorita Jolie Trunk Show website
  • Click "Shop Now" at the bottom of the invitation screen
  • When ready to check out, you will be prompted to select the type of order it is. Select “Show Order” and enter "A Liz" as the hostess name. Then, just click on the green check on left side where it says “Select.” That's all!

Also, for the month of September, anyone who spends $100+ receives a free cuff like the ones below!

So here are three ideas of how you can style the Tory. 

LSJ Tory Dress



Look 1:

Look 2:

Look 3:


What look is most like your style? One, two, or three?

Tuesday

My "Give It A Shot" Folder

I keep a "Give It A Shot" folder on Pinterest. This is where I file away ideas that sound great that I want to put to the test. Here are a few must-tries from that folder, and I'd love to hear if you have tried these out!

Give It A Shot #1:
Freeze ripe avocado halves to save for later. Idea from this blog. Could this really work?!

Freeze avocados once they're ripe! Great for when they go on sale, or when you need an avocado and they're all too firm at the store. They keep for MONTHS this way! Who knew?: Freeze avocados once they're ripe! Great for when they go on sale, or when you need an avocado and they're all too firm at the store. They keep for MONTHS this way! Who knew?

Give It A Shot #2:
Place a canned good under a candle in a hurricane vase to lift it up and take up some of the space. Bonus? The candle sits completely level! Surround with a filler of your choice. (Source not found.)

place a can under candle before filler - you'll use less filler & the candle will sit straight: place a can under candle before filler - you'll use less filler & the candle will sit straight

Give It A Shot #3:
Dog popsicles, for the "dog days" of summer. Frozen chicken and beef broth, with rawhides as sticks! Original idea here. Love this idea for our furry friends.

Dog Pupsicles- chicken or beef broth. For those hot days when your pooch needs to cool down, and deserves a little something special: Dog Pupsicles- chicken or beef broth. For those hot days when your pooch needs to cool down, and deserves a little something special

To see everything in my Give It A Shot folder, click here

Monday

Friday's Trip To The Nature Museum

This past Friday we had a brand new adventure -- a trip to the Nature Museum. The Nature Museum, located close to Freedom Park in Charlotte, is owned by Discovery Place (which we are also big fans of). It's significantly smaller than Discovery Place, but it was easier to get to and the perfect way to spend a couple of hours with friends. 

Camille had the perfect little shirt and bloomer set that my mom made her ... butterflies, snails, and worms!



I think the part the girls enjoyed the most was the butterfly pavillion. They got to see all different colors of butterflies flying around and landing on the flowers. 


And my fearless daughter also got THISCLOSE to a bird.

(I think the bird was interested in that little piece of Goldfish stuck to her pinky)


And a skunk! A real live skunk ... behind glass, thank goodness. 


Other than this, the girls splashed at the water table, played with lots of fun nature-inspired toys, went down the slide, and saw a puppet show with a good life lesson about respecting nature. Both Camille and Gigi fell in love with this cute push toy. It's always fun to see what toys children gravitate towards when it's not at their home.


I would definitely recommend the Nature Museum as a great way to spend an hour or two with little ones! I know we will be back.

Saturday

Saturday Sip + Shop




Sip:

Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Smash Cocktail

Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Smash
Recipe HERE from Supergolden Bakes


Shop:

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, Vegas Strip/Light Bronzer, 0.3 Ounce

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips
I'm ready for a little faux bronzing now that summer is coming to an end!
$7.99 and free shipping on Amazon

Friday

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. :)

O N E
I am ready to step up my mug game. I love these choices I found from World Market, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters!


coffee

Clockwise, top left: 
  

T W O
I saw these amazing looking Oreo bars (three ingredients ... basically an Oreo version of Rice Krispie treats!) on Ally's Five On Friday post last week, and I purchased my Oreos and marshmallows yesterday. Can't wait to whip up a batch for the weekend. Thanks Ally for the idea!

No-Bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars


T H R E E
We had SUCH a fun time yesterday at Freedom Park with my friend Christina from Carolina Charm! Don't Caroline and Camille look thrilled?! Well, it was getting close to naptime (which is probably why Christina and I look ELATED). I was so happy to meet Thomas yesterday and just spend two hours talking non-stop with her. Thanks, sweet friend, for some good girlie time.



F O U R
So, I mentioned last Friday that I was on the hunt for a melon baller, and I wasn't sure whether going with a cheapie was a bad decision? WELL, I am here to report that cheap = perfectly good! I was in Bed Bath & Beyond this week picking up some marriage-savers, WHOOPS, I mean comforter clips, and I spied a melon baller for just over $2 there! I am happy to report that it is totally legit and worked so well on the melon salad I linked to last week (which is as delicious as I was hoping it would be). So, pick up a cheapie melon baller, and NOT that $20 one. Yikes.

(And PS, not really kidding about the comforter clips being marriage-savers. No more "you gave me the side with no comforter in the duvet!" gripes from either of us.)


F I V E
Just a mushy moment, thank you to all of you who link up with us each week. I enjoy popping in and reading your blogs, and it means so much to me that you share a little peek into your lives with me and everyone else!

Keep Choosing Joy

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



Wednesday

A Few More Beach Photos

Last year as I fearfully shielded our 3-month old baby under the beach tent, freaking out internally, I had no idea how much FUN the beach would be a short year later. I couldn't resist sharing a few more photos from our Oak Island trip this past month. We had the best time and already are looking forward to a return trip next year!



























I know, I know, LOTS of Camille photos, but with such a smiley happy beach baby, I couldn't help myself!
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