Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- Food

This Wordless Wednesday is all about Food. These are just some delicious dishes I have eaten lately.

I love food!!

See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Autumn - Top 5 bucket list of Autumn things to do.

When the autumn season comes most of us are ready to see the cooler temperatures.

School is back in session and a routine is being established again.

But this is no reason not to get out and have some fun.

#1  Visit the NC Mountains and see the color of the seasons change. Check out the extensive guide to seeing the Fall colors by Romantic Asheville.

Photo provided by Romantic Asheville

#2   October 19, 20, 21is the Carolina Balloon Fest and it is fun for the entire family. With morning and evening balloon launches and activities all day, this is a crowd pleaser. 

  #3     Visit your favorite small town, grab a cup of coffee and spend the day exploring like. 

Eat at restaurants, shop the shops and feel the town vibe for a mini vacation. 

I read Our State magazine and find the best travels tips and advice on things to do, eat and see in NC.

  #4    Pack a picnic and head to a State Park in your area. Here is the link to NC State Parks. Visit as many parks as you can before cold weather hits. I promise it will be beautiful.

#5    Plan some trips to go apple picking. Roadside markets dot the roads in our area.

Who wants apple pie?

The dog days of summer are coming to an end and cold weather will have us locked inside until spring, so get out and enjoy the days of Fall. Honestly, this is my favorite time of the year.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Summer Vacation 2018- Where we stayed!

Happy Summer Ya'll! I hope your summer is going great. I am running behind on this post but, 

"better late than never" 

Ella and I went to the beach at the end of June and rented a condo in 

North Myrtle Beach, SC and it was perfect. It was a lot bigger than the pictures looked online.

it was in the King's Grant Complex just off Main Street.

I am just going to let you enjoy the pictures of our beautiful home away from home.

Black & White photos in entry hall


Kitchen decor

Dining table

Fiddle Leaf fig

Patio decor

Salt Life decor

I love getting away from it all sometimes and this house made it all so perfect.

Where have you been this summer? 

Please share we love to know of new vacation spots.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday-Nature

Welcome to our first Wordless Wednesday! 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Succulents-How to buy them for cheap!

Do you know what the hottest decorating trend is right now? 

Yes, you guessed it, succulents. They are everywhere. Real ones, fake ones, hanging ones and lots 

more. I have a confession to make right now, I am addicted to touring model homes. 

Whew! I feel better. I go into model homes, as often as possible to see trends and styles and to get 

fresh ideas and also to dream a little.

Check out these decorating ideas from homedit

This post started when I was looking to purchase some cute little succulent plants 

to make my space more trendy as well.

Heads up people, they are not cheap at all. I couldn't pay those prices and still, sleep at night.

I went on the hunt for affordable succulents and was surprised to find that the Dollar Tree,

 yes, that Dollar Tree offers online ordering. Shockers!

 Am I the only one who didn't know this revelation?

On  the Dollar Tree website, they offer a lot more choices than in the store.

This is the 24 pack offered on the Dollar Tree website. I am not sure of the mixture that you may get. I will find out when mine arrives.

I found a 24 pack of succulents for $24, yea I know that's 24 littles fake pots of succulents but you 

can give as gifts, use as table decor, make a wreath, decorate your front porch, make a mini garden, 

the ways to use this 24 pack of succulents are endless. And trust me it is the cheapest way out.

My plan is to paint the little plastic pot white with a thin line of gold accent. Gold is another hot trend too.

See how Live Pretty on a Penny painted these plastic pots

I will let you know how my succulents look when they arrive.

 So yall get on over to the Dollar Tree site and check it out. They ship right to the store also. 

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The NC State Fair is coming-Time to start planning

I know we are in the middle of summer but, if you want to go to the NC State Fair, it is best to start planning now. This year it will be held Oct 11th- Oct 21st. Ella and I went last year and had a blast.

I have lived in NC all of my 50 years and never attended the fair until last yer.

Why did I wait so long?

These are just a few highlights of our trip. Hope to see you at the fair in October.

Get all the NC State Fair details here

Pumpkin milkshake with a slice of pumpkin pie and whipped cream on top, yea this just about killed me but was delicious. 

Get several straws and share the love on this monster.

I love these kind of working trips.

Lunch from the White Plains United Methodist Church Booth. Great food, great cause and great prices. Don't get fooled by all this food vendors lining the midway, you have better places to eat while at the fair.

Check it out!! They have been serving food on the fairgrounds for over 100 years. 

Beautiful pumpkins displayed all over the place.

We stayed last year at the Ramada Inn and it is within walking distance of the fair. 

You can also ride the Amtrak train out of cities like Charlotte or Kannapolis right to the doorstep of the fairgrounds.

Here are my tips for surviving the fair-

1. Relax and have fun

2. It's a lot to take in and you may need several days 

3. Eat from the church food restaurants that have been their for many, many years. 
You will get better service, delicious food and you will be helping a local organization.

4. Have a plan but, not a concrete plan-Be FLEXIBLE!

5. Take breaks and just sit on a bench and take it all in. 

6. Buy wristbands for rides in advance-they are cheaper this way. 

7. It can get very crowded so, if you have little ones tag them with info in case they get lost. Have a talk with your family about this in advance. This just makes me feel like I've got it together. LOL!

Dress comfortably! Mornings can be chilly but by afternoon it can get real hot. Be prepared!

Ella and I really enjoyed the NC State Fair and can't wait to go again this year.

What are you looking forward to most about the fair? The Rides, the food, the displays?

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Sneak peek at The Southern Home & Garden Show

I visited the Spring Home & Garden Show at The Park Expo in 

Charlotte and wanna to share a sneak peek with you.

Pond Country

This beautiful outdoor pond was designed and 

built by Pond Country.

You can find more info about Pond Country by checking out their website here.
Oh, also they are opening a location in Mooresville sometime in 2018. 

Beanstalk builders had samples of some of the amazing adventure parks and tree houses they build.

 I just wanted to by one and live in a tree the rest of my days.

If the model is this adorable just think what 

the real thing would look like. 

I'm thinking a big tree along the New River would be perfect.

Get more info about Beanstalk builders here, 

 I am going to tell you that when I saw this Yurt I literally jumped up and down with excitement. 

You wanna buy a yurt? Start here Blue Ridge Yurts

Ya'll just forward my mail here, I have found my home. 
It is open concept for sure. 

Privacy is not an upgrade you get here. 
But hey, who cares if I am chill enough to live in a yurt then who cares about privacy.


They had a few design rooms mixed in the garden area and this one was my favorite.

I love to find my inner self and I could relax in this Asia Garden by 

Check out his website for more info on all the types of gardens that they design, build and maintain. 

And this is honestly why I come to the Spring Show. I like to 
wander the gardens and look at the beautiful flowers that have been forced to bloom inside for the show. 

Seeing the flowers makes me yearn for warm weather and longer days. Hope you get to attend the Spring Home & Garden show and find your own slice of spring.

Wanna Go:
Visit the website for more info and ticket info 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of the Spring Show.

I'm just going to be over here dreaming of a cool tree house 

or a yurt along the New River.