Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall TV is Here!

Happy Monday, friends!  Today starts one of my favorite weeks of the fall - fall premieres!  I am definitely a tv > movies kind of girl.  Ask me if I've seen a movie, and if it isn't 13 Going On 30 or made by Disney, the answer is probably no.  However, I DVR all the shows out there.  Our DVR will be filled will series recordings in a month, I'll decide what's worth watching, and usually the rest get deleted after the pilot.  So, here's what I am really excited for:

Manifest (September 24 on NBC) - This show looks crazy; their plane took off in 2013, experienced turbulence, and lands in 2018.  No one has aged, and they've all been presumed dead for 4 and a half years. 
Big Bang (September 24 on CBS) - I have to admit, I haven't usually watched "new" Big Bang as we catch a lot of it on TBS with reruns.  So, I'm not exactly sure where they are with the plot, but hearing this may be the last season, it's been set to record all new episodes on the DVR.

New Amsterdam (September 25 on NBC) - I haven't watched a medical show since House, but this one looks good.  A new doctor comes in to take over the hospital, fires an entire unit for over-billing, and sets off to make medical care about patients again. 

Modern Family (September 26 on ABC) - Another one that may be on its last season.  But seriously, what happened to Lily at the end of the last season?  I have always loved the show, and I hope they wrap it up right.

BoJack Horseman (September 26 on Comedy Central) - This show has actually been on Netflix for a few years, but Comedy Central now has the exclusive television rights and will be broadcasting all episodes in order each week.  Seriously, this show is hysterical!
Law & Order: SVU (September 27 on NBC) - SVU has always been my favorite Law & Order.  Seriously, how can you not love Olivia?!  Even with all the cast changes over the years, I think the writing has always been great, and I can't wait to see how many episodes do not "depict any actual person, entity, or event."

Saturday Night Live (September 29 on NBC) - This is always one of my favorites! 

House of Cards (November 2 on Netflix) - This will be the final season of HoC, and I can't wait to see how they've killed off Kevin Spacey's character and how Robin Wright will be as the soul lead.  I will definitely be binging the last season next month before this is released!
Last but not least, if you're looking for things to watch on demand or on streaming services, these have been a few of my favorites this summer: The Sinner, Alone Together, and Better Call Saul.

What will you be watching this fall?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Anniversary Reflections: Year Four

Today marks four years since Mike and I said "I do."
Seriously, this one's been a good one.  I don't know how to describe it besides to say that everything seems to have just perfectly fallen into place.  We have our home-life balance (where I do the laundry and you do all the dishes - haha), weeknights of kickball, dinners cooked together, weekend adventures, and cuddles with our cats.  We don't have a ton of traditions, but we have made sure to keep our photo one going again this year!
As with our first 3 years, we had plenty of amazing trips together.  It started with Mike surprising me with a trip to DC for my birthday, and it continued when I returned the favor for his birthday in Dallas.  Besides that, we have traveled to five of the seven weddings we're attending this year and drank a lot of beer along the way.
But to be honest, the trip I will remember the most was our rainy weekend in the Smoky Mountains.  We climbed 6,500 feet up Mount LeConte in the pouring rain, and I can remember after climbing the 8.8 miles up the mountain, Mike telling me how proud he was of me.  It was quite an adventure, and I can't wait to go hiking again soon.
Happy four years, Mike.  Thank you for always pushing me to be better, encouraging me in everything I do, and always being there to sing a song with my name in the lyrics!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Going with the Flo(rence)

I am thrilled to say that we have weathered Hurricane Florence.   This time last week, we really thought that there would be a Cat 3 or 4 direct hit to the Carolinas, with a storm 1000 miles wide.  Schools cancelled, starting on Tuesday, mandatory evacuation orders were made, and the state reversed the highway to get as many people out as possible.  Since the storm wasn't expected to hit until Thursday, we decided to wait it out a bit but still prepare.  This was the slowest moving hurricane ever, and with every 3-hour update, it was tracking more and more north, away from us.  There are a lot of people in and around Charleston saying that the governor took too many precautions too early, but really, they gave us 48 hours from its expected arrival, and I appreciate them really taking it seriously. 

Well, it took an extra full day, until Friday, to hit in North Carolina, and all of my prayers go out to our neighbors to the north.  At landfall, the storm was moving at 2 mph, so it has been raining and raining near Myrtle Beach and north.
By Wednesday afternoon, we were going pretty stir crazy, so a few of us took a walk downtown to see what everything looked like and get some fresh air.  Honestly, you could tell that people already knew it was most likely going to slide north because there wasn't nearly as much prep as there was before Matthew or Irma.  
Before the storm got here on Friday, we even set up a little impromptu kickball game because all scheduled sports were cancelled due to the evacuation. 
Over the long weekend, we ate a lot of food, played a lot of cards and Mario Kart, and even braved the storm for some rain tennis when we couldn't sit inside anymore.  We got truly lucky with this storm.  We were fully prepared for the worst, had our hurricane shutters up, and were prepared to leave if need be.  Again, prayers to North Carolina as they begin to recover, and if you would like to make a donation to relief efforts, here is the link to Michael Jordan's NBA Cares website, where you can choose a variety of charities from which to donate.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Five on Friday: Florida Getaway

Happy Friday, friends.  We are expecting Hurricane Florence to hit us today, so much of this week has been about prepping and waiting.  I've seen a meme a bunch of times on social media that says, "waiting for a hurricane is like being stalked by a turtle."  So true with this one moving at 10 mph - haha!  It was supposed to be here yesterday morning, but it's kept slowing as it approaches the coast.  

For my Friday post, I thought I would throw it back it last weekend, when we were visiting my aunt in Florida.  Her back porch looks out onto St Pete Beach, and it is seriously my happy place!  Here's what we were up to during our long weekend.
1 ||| On the way down, we stopped in Orlando at Disney Springs to see all of the Halloween decorations.  They now sell Dole Whip in Disney Springs, so that was a must as well as the "millennial pink" champagne at Amorette's Patisserie.  It absolutely lived up to the hype! 
2 ||| While in St. Pete, we visited a couple of breweries: Green Bench Brewing and Cycle Brewing.  Cycle was definitely known for its stouts, which I appreciated but aren't quite my style, while Green Bench was more about IPAs.  They do a rotating FLIPA (Florida IPA) series, and when we were there, they had the Key Lime Pie version: tart, citrus, and a little cinnamon. So good! 

3 ||| On our way back from the brewery, I spotted the cutest mural!  Sunshine is so perfectly Florida, so of course we had to stop for a photo!  I decided to Google and see if there were others in the area, and it turns out that St. Petersburg has an awesome outdoor art scene.  We stopped at a couple more on the way back, and we will definitely make a whole tour of it next time we're in the area.
4 ||| Of course, we also made a stop at my favorite Italian market ever: Mazzaro's.  It's a cheese shop, wine shop, coffee bar, bakery, prepared food and deli counter; and they make their own pasta, pastries, and mozzarella.  I brought home some of my favorite cookies (rainbow cookies - in the bottom corner in that case below), a few dinners for the weekend, and my aunt bought an entire pastry bag filled with cannoli cream to pipe our own cannolis all weekend.    
5 ||| Last but not least, we visited another new ballpark!  This was city #11 for us, and we were excited that the Tampa Bay Rays were finally in town on one of our visits.  Tropicana Field is a dome and just turned 20 this year.  Nothing really stands out in terms of food or atmosphere, but the Mister Softee was really good, they have a sting ray touch tank, and I got a photo with their mascot, Ray!  Plus, there was no one there, so we were sitting in the fourth row by the fifth inning.  I was so excited that my parents could finally join us for one of our stadium adventures, too.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Lilly After Party Sale Favorites

Good morning afternoon, friends! My Monday post is up a little late today because it's Lilly After Party Sale, and I wanted to wait until the craziness died down a bit to share my favorites. With how quickly items sell out, I didn't want to share a list that you wouldn't be able to shop from in an hour. That being said, I imagine some of these items will sell out, and I'll update that over the next two days, along with inevitable additions to the sale!  Overall, I was thrilled with the sale this time around.  Things didn't disappear out of my cart as quickly as they had in the past, and I loved all the Luxletic pieces they offered!
popover (almost 10 patterns available!) ||| luxletic cropped leggings ||| marlowe boat-neck 3/4 sleeve (they also have short-sleeve options here)

luxletic sports bra ||| girls infinity scarf (I love the girls' scarves because they're a little lighter for SC weather - and less expensive!) ||| luxletic skort (these are great for running, tennis, and golf - plus, they have a cell phone pocket in the shorts)

navy and gold shift (awesome price for this one) ||| v-neck tee (this one is $14!) ||| elsa (these always sell out so quickly in the sale, but there are still 10+ styles in stock)

last update: 9/10/18 at 1:30pm

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fourth Anniversary Gifts: Fruit & Flowers

I can't believe that later this month, Mike and I will have been married for four years.  Seriously, this day seems like just yesterday.  Every year since our first anniversary, we've had fun trying to be creative with the "traditional" wedding gifts.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to check out my ideas for anniversaries one, two, and three!

Now, for year four: fruit and flowers.  Yes, there are the traditional fruit box, fruit arrangement, and floral bouquet ideas, but I tried to think out of the box a little!  Here are my ten ideas for traditional fourth anniversary gift ideas:
1. Fruit wine and a set of wine glasses
2. Fruit socks - how about going for a little fruit-themed gift with these socks to stick with tradition, then going off script for whatever you want?!
3. Pineapple air plants
4. Apple tv - Do you get it?  Hint: the "modern" anniversary gift for year 4 is electronics, so this combines that and fruit - haha!
5. Succulent cat and lavender llama
6. Floral scarf
7. Fruit beer - The cans above are from one of our new top breweries, Hudson Valley, and sour, fruited IPAs are some of my favorite right now!
8. Homemade Jam - Here is my favorite recipe for raspberry jam, and these containers are so cute!
9. Bouquet Artwork - I received this gift a couple of years back of my wedding bouquet, and it's one of my favorite pieces of art in our home!
10. Juicer - Another one that combines the traditional and modern anniversaries, and if I thought I would use a juicer more than once... ever... I would absolutely get one!

And, last but not least, here are the links to my previous years' anniversary gift ideas:

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

August In Review

Happy Monday Tuesday!  I love long weekends so much for the short weeks that supersede them.  It's been another awesome month, and I refuse to believe that summer is unofficially over.

Northeast trip (that I've already posted about ad nauseam), but in case you missed any of our adventures, here are the links to my posts: trip update, Rhode Island summer food, and Northeast breweries.
While in Charleston, there were lots of favorite restaurant visits: Goat. Sheep. Cow., Taco Boy (omg that letter board below - hahaha), BkedShop, and Vintage Coffee - my favorite acai bowl in town!
Unfortunately, we had a death in the family last month.  Our betta, Charlie passed away.  He jumped out of the tank when we weren't home.  Apparently it's a thing - anyone else have a betta do that?!  Well, we got a new fishy, Delta, and I made sure not to fill the water up nearly as high in our tank as I had been!  Photos of Delta coming soon!

I cannot wait for the NFL to start this week!  So far, I'm through 2 of my 4 drafts with another tonight and the last one tomorrow night.  Last week, we hosted one of the drafts at our house with an ah-mazing (if I do say so myself) cheese board with items from Trader Joe's.  If you want to see the method to my madness when it comes to TJ's cheese & charcuterie, click here for my favorite products!
And to finish out the month this weekend, we celebrated my sweet friend, Hillary's birthday on Friday night.  How pretty does that cake from Wild Flour Pastry look?!  It was just as delicious as you'd imagine!

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