Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap: America's Pastime

This weekend, we made our annual pilgrimage to Cooperstown, New York for the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction.  It takes a bit more planning now with flights involved instead of just a 4-hour car ride, but it's worth every minute!

This year, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted.   It's been so much fun over the last few years to see guys inducted who I grew up watching (and idolizing).  I've had a Ken Griffey, Jr. glove since I was 12, and he was always so exciting to watch on tv.   As a Yankees fan, that Subway World Series in 2000 against the Mets is one of my fondest baseball memories, and those home runs by Mike Piazza always had me on the edge of my seat.
In addition to roaming through the Hall of Fame and Museum each day, we also took trips to Fly Creek Cider Mill, down to the lake to feed the ducks, Brewery Ommegang (full post about that one coming later this week!), Cooperstown Distillery, and, of course, rode the city trolley.
We also enjoyed all of the traditional weekend events like the Parade of Legends where all the Hall of Famers ride in the back of huge trucks to their Hall of Fame cocktail party on Saturday night, and the induction ceremony on Sunday with almost 50,000 of my closest friends.
By Sunday night, almost everyone had left and the city was quiet again.  It was a fantastic year, and I'm already getting excited for the next few years' of inductee eligibles: Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, and, my boy, Derek Jeter in 2020!
Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Hostess Gift Ideas

Traveling over the next couple weeks, you know there are lots of places to visit and people to see: friends' new house, lake cabin party, girls night, family adventures, and, of course, the occasional couch to crash on.

If there is one thing my mom instilled in me growing up, it's: never go anywhere empty handed.  Bring a dessert, bring a side dish, bring a gift.  Well, I really like cooking and baking, but bouncing from place to place so much while we're in the Northeast might not make those options very feasible.  I also reeeally like shopping, so I decided to round up a few favorites that I'd consider giving (and will be giving) to friends and family this summer as tokens of my appreciation.

With hostess gifts, I always try to purchase things in one of two categories: things that a hostess might not buy for herself or things that include some homemade love.
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First, start with a cute card to expression your appreciation of the invitation!  To me, the more floral the card is, the better!

If it's a dinner party, how about some emoji cocktail napkins?  If you want even more excitement, they also make "naughty or nice" or "emotional roller coaster" sets.

A day at the pool certainly calls for that cute pineapple towel.  What about adding in this fun ice cube tray or a homemade ice cream sandwich maker, too?

Looking for a gift for the whole family?  This s'mores basket is so perfect!  Throw in all the fixin's for s'mores and you have the perfect fireside or camping party!

Everyone loves a bouquet of flowers, so how about something that will last even longer than those traditional blooms?

Last, but not least, don't have time to throw together a basket on your own? The Hostess Box has everything she'll love!

What's your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)??

Monday, July 18, 2016

Five on... Monday

Well, I meant to have this post go up on Friday for a Five on Friday, obviously, but life got away from me!  We have been packing, driving, unpacking, working, carrying box after box, and we finally got our internet at the new house last week.  We still have some things to move from the apartment, but at least we're now technically living in the new house!  Here's what's been going on over the last week:

1 /// I've joined the contributor team for a local women's magazine, skirt!  They focus on all facets of a woman's life: work, play, fashion, entertaining, and eats.  Each week, a member of the Charleston Blog Society will be posting about something related to that month's topic.  Those range from posts about the current season or an upcoming holiday to inspirational stories about big life events, moments of self-reliance, and dreaming big.  My first post will be going up tomorrow, so I hope y'all will check it out by clicking here!

2 /// Cats are home!  After moving a bunch of our big furniture so it feels like home to them, we finally moved the cats over, too.  They seem to like it so far, especially because they have more room versus in our little apartment.
3 /// See that last photo?  Holy bright room, right?! Yeah, that's our dining room.  We did all of our paint-picking based on those little sample chips - 9 colors to be exact - and this is the only iffy one.  Pretty good success rate, right?! Well, after we get the furniture in there, we'll see if we need to repaint it - haha!

4 /// With all the moving and working outside I did last week (it was a girls golf camp week, so lot's of energy!), my coffee game is STRONG right now.  Current favorites are the vanilla latte at Vintage Coffee in Mount Pleasant, the Buzz from Charleston Coffee Exchange in West Ashley, and a good old caramel macchiato from Starbucks.

5 /// We did our first cooking in the new house this weekend: Korean Beef Bowl on Friday and One-Pan Chicken Lasagna on Saturday.  I have never spent much time cooking on a gas stove before, but so far so good!

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