Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Recap

What a fantastic year it's been!  Thank you to everyone who followed along with Borrowed Heaven in 2017.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite posts as well as your favorite posts this year.  Let's start with my favorites:

JanuaryResolutions for the New Year, DIY Super Bowl Party, and runDisney Star Wars Race Weekend
February (basically spent recapping our trip to Hawaii): Ko'Olina, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, North Shore, oh - and the Daytona 500!
March: DIY Porch Swing and Favorite Charleston Coffee Shops,
April: Trip to the Masters, Hosting a Masters Party, and Charleston in the Spring
May: Charleston Eats: Pancito and Lefty, A Look for Summer, and Charleston Breweries (Part 2)
June: Top Five in Milwaukee and Apple Pie Pops
July: Save Wilting Hydrangeas, Citrus Shrimp Scampi, and DIY Summertime Party
August: Five Adventures in Cleveland and The Great American Eclipse
September: Anniversary Reflections, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, and The Best Chicago Weekend
October: Surprise Birthday Trip to DC and Fall in Charleston
November: Pumpkin Centerpiece and Thanksgiving
December: Trader Joe's Charcuterie Board and Christmas in Charleston
By the numbers:
Most pinned:
1. Parmesan Green Beans (1.5k)
2. DIY Rope Swing (770)
3. Super Bowl Party (135)
Most page views:
1. Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (87k)
2. Super Bowl Party (41k)
3. Strawberry Baked Brie (39k)
Most comments:
1. DIY Gold Striped Vase (21)
2. Waikiki (20)
3. Summer Bucket List (17)
Most liked on Instagram:
1. Disneyland (254)
2. Porch Swing (247)
3. Fall in Alexandria (207)
What was your favorite thing to read in 2017, and what would you like to see more of in 2018?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 
Thank you to all of you who continue to read and support Borrowed Heaven.  I am so thankful to have this blog, especially this beautiful time of year.  I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pre-Christmas Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!  Is everyone all shopped and wrapped for Christmas?  I have the "shop" part down, but this weekend will be all about the wrapping.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?  Oh well, it'll be a fun Saturday of quoting every Christmas movie and cutting wrapping paper unevenly.  Before the weekend, I thought it'd be fun to share all the good things we've been up to:

1. Kickball: Last weekend, one of my closest friends hosted a kickball tournament to benefit Toys for Tots.  She gathered together 8 teams and everyone got points for runs scored, wins, but also donated dollars and toys.  Altogether, 1500 toys were collected and nearly $4000!  Great job, Stafford!
2. Star Wars: Who else has seen The Last Jedi?  We were surprised that we could get opening weekend Friday tickets with no problem the night before, and I really liked the movie.  Personally, I liked The Force Awakens better, but the combination of action, that dry Star Wars humor, new characters (porgs and crystal critters!!), and old favorites was very good!

3. Early Christmas: Each year, Mike and I do our own Christmas to each other early so that we don't have to bring our presents all the way up to New England and back.  He bought me the best gift, a new camera!  For the last 7 years, I've been using a Canon T1i with a lens from my old film Rebel from the early 2000s.  He chose a Canon 80D, and I could not be more excited!  I'm working on figuring out all the fun new features right now.  Any photographers have any suggestions for me?
4. Christmas lights: Remember our outdoor lights that I was so proud of on Wednesday?  Wellllll, we won our neighborhood lights contest!!

5. Christmas cookies: Last night, we were at our neighbors' house for a cookie swap.  They made these amazing chicken enchiladas, and a bunch of us from our street traded cookies.  I made frosted sugar cookies, mint chocolate chip cookies, and toffee... and I just realized that I don't have any of those recipes on this blog.  I need to change that!
I hope everyone enjoys the last weekend before Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Around Our House

Every year, I love sharing our Christmas Card on my blog.  By now, I think our mailed cards have reached family in Maine and San Diego, so it's fair game to share.  Here are links to past cards: living with our friends in our "frat house" in 2012, engaged in 2013, married in 2014, our first Charleston Christmas in 2015, and our card/moving announcement in 2016.  We kept it simple this year so that we'd have room to write messages to friends and family we haven't seen in a while and used one of the photos from our shoot with Ashleigh this fall.
Now for our home: like last year, we went all out for our exterior.  Ever since we lived in Connecticut and inherited decorations from our roommate's family, it's been our favorite part of decorating.  The best change for this year that Mike came up with and i executed is our golf hole for the moose.  Even our golf cart got in the festive spirit.
Not going to lie, the one thing that suffered with all the time spent exterior decorating was our tree.  We got one in November (nice and early!) and immediately put lights on it... aaaand that's it.  To be 100% honest, I absolutely love the way Christmas trees look with just lights, so it doesn't bother me one bit!   Mike even rigged it up so we can ask Alexa to turn the tree on and off.  I'm also in love with our wrapping paper from Minted this year - here's the link.  How cute are these Charleston doors?!
What do you spend more time decorating: the inside or outside of your home?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Charleston Christmas Stroll

Happy Monday!  We are in the final countdown; only one week until Christmas.  While next weekend will definitely be consumed with last-minute shopping, cooking, baking, and gift-wrapping, this one weekend was the perfect, relaxing one to go for a walk around the city.  Seriously, Charleston at Christmastime cannot be beat.  Lamp posts, window boxes, and doors are dressed up all over the city, but my favorite spot to stroll around and look at decorations is South of Broad Street.  The whole area is residential, and the homes are all historical and beautiful.  I could have taken (and almost did take) photos of every home on my walk, but I narrowed it down to my favorites.  I love all the magnolia leaf, palmetto rose, and eucalyptus in the #wreathsofcharleston (also, can we just talk about how cool it is to follow a hashtag on Instagram now?!).

Also, quick PSA - today is the last day to enter my Starbucks giveaway on Instagram - click here to check it out!
If you want to take your own Christmas in Charleston adventure, I suggest that you park on East Battery, along the seawall, and start on Atlantic Street.  Use Church Street to see the most perfect brick street and historic courtyard, and cut back to Water Street.  Take Price's Alley over to King Street, and walk all the way back east on Tradd Street.  Don't forget to take a few steps north on East Bay after you see 0 Tradd Street to check out the famous Rainbow Row!  I love the old map of Charleston below and that the streets haven't changed in 150 years, so I outlined my favorite adventure in pink!
Tell me about Christmas in your city! Where's the one place you have to stop each year?

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