Lobstah Love

Yesterday was the first day of summer! Hooray! Bring on beach trips, popsicles, and all things nautical! 

lobstah love
lobster pool float - HERE
lightweight lobster scarf - HERE
flour sack kitchen towel - HERE
alex and ani lobster bangle - HERE
ja-vie lobster flats - HERE

A girlfriend complimented my new lobster kicks the other day and I have to admit I think they're pretty swell, too. Navy Ja-Vie flats with orangey-red lobsters on them! I love!

You know I adore this brand of flats because they are ridiculously comfy, cute, and durable. Mine that I've had for years now still look great, and you can pop out the leather insole and machine wash the shoe. YES, machine wash the shoe! (size reference: I am a pretty solid 7.5 and I wear a 38. size up to the whole size!)

I reached out to the lovely folks at Ja-Vie and they agreed to a giveaway here for all of my wonderful readers! Comment below for a chance to win a pair of your choice! You know I love sharing a GOOD thing with all of you. 

To enter: 
COMMENT BELOW with the pattern or color from their collection that you would choose. You can see the designs HERE on their website or on their Instagram (@javieflats). Please include your email address in with your comment. 

Giveaway runs now through Monday at midnight, Eastern time. Winner announced Tuesday! Good luck!


Lake Living Is The Life For Me

This past weekend we stuffed nineteen people and four dogs into my parents' lakehouse. And it rocked.

Now, three of those folks were wee ones three and under, and we also have a teeny cabin onsite where a few people stayed. And my cousin and his wife slept in their tent, and my aunt and uncle brought their pop-up camper. I should have taken photos of it -- they bought it and gave it an "extreme makeover" and it is FABULOUS. 

SO everyone slept pretty comfortably!

Thursday night we just goofed off with each other and waited for some of our other family members to arrive to town Friday. 

By the way, check out my cousin Ben in the background below. Prince William perhaps?! We think they look really similar. 

Friday we just had a relaxing morning and spent lots of time on noodles and floats in the water. 


That night was THE. MOST. FUN.

We call Friday night of this annual get-together "Wing Ding" because the guys have a chicken wing cook-off. This year the chefs were two of my uncles and Ian. Ian actually makes amaaaazing wings. All of the wings that night were delicious.

The most fun part of the night was that we broke out KARAOKE after supper on the screened porch and we sang our hearts out until midnight! All 16 of us adults. I have a horrible, horrible, horrible creaky off-pitch southern twang voice but I sang two Adele songs like I.was.actually.her. (the trick to karaoke is owning the heck out of the song you choose). I sang with Ian, I sang with my aunts, I sang with my sisters, I sang with my cousin Ben, it was sooooo much fun. We used a free Karaoke app on my Dad's iPad and two wireless speakers and an amp. It was wonderful. 

Saturday we took a post-breakfast boat ride (and an advil)!

And later Charlotte started her smoosh-face trick again after lunch which was SO funny. 

Shame her Great Aunts don't love that girl. ;)

After a supper that night of pulled pork, vidalia onion pie, green beans, tomato pie, we played Left Right Center and my cousin's wife Jennie showed us how to make camper pies. 

Sunday was Fathers Day. After we headed home, we grilled out hot dogs as a family and enjoyed dinner on the screened porch. 

We are already trying to figure out our next lake trip.

Lake living is good living.


Monday Roll Call: Social Media, Mermaid Hair, Nectar Of The Gods

Monday morning quizzies:

1 // snapchat or instastories?
2 // thoughts on this mermaid hair trend -- dyed pink, blue, mint?
3 // do you drink sweet tea?


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. :)

I am so excited about an upcoming bathroom renovation we are planning! We are going to be starting demo later this month (hopefully) and I'm equal parts nervous and excited. We have a firm budget in place and are trying to achieve a beautiful look without just throwing gobs of money at the situation (which is obviously easy to do). I'll post updates here as they are available!

Oh my gosh guys, guess what I did yesterday. I was prepping to go out of town this weekend and bought a fun bottle of rosé at the grocery store. They put it in a brown bag and I packed it in my trunk along with all of the bananas, snacks, and lunch ingredients. Drove three minutes home, opened the trunk and POPPPPP the bottle rolled right out of the trunk and shattered into pieces on the garage floor. 

Ever had that happen? Face palm. 

We are loving summer fun activites around the backyard!

I love my crazy family and these fun coasters!

Finally, hey from the lakehouse! Hence the later post this morning. We are having fun with my mom's side of the family.

That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!


Visiting Oz at Beech Mountain

On Friday afternon last week, we visited The Land Of Oz at Beech Mountain. Typically we are skiing on these slopes, so it's interesting seeing them covered in green grass. The only way to get up to this attraction is by chairlift, no babies allowed -- unfortunately, Char had to stay home with grandma. But Camille, coming in at a whopping 37.5" tall, was exactly 1.5" over the minimum to ride the chairlift so we made the trek! 

She was excited to be in the chairlift, and Ian taught her "Bar UP!" and "Bar DOWN!" like the true ski-kid she wants to be. That's what she calls it, ski-kid. We had a crazy grip on her but she was great and safe on the lift. 

Our attempt at a family pic was thwarted by a toddler with a tongue. 

We started our Oz experience at Dorothy's house and made our way through the park. You can read a really interesting history of it HERE. Definitely worth a read. 

Dorothy came out, sang to a completely hushed crowed, we walked through her house. A twister hit, the house was all messed up, and she suddenly appeared in ruby slippers! 

They had some audience participation and Ian actually played the tin man. It was adorable. He said he never would have done it but thought Camille would get a kick out of it. And she did!

After the tour, we stopped for a beverage at the mountaintop bar before heading back down, and Camille got her first ever Shirley Temple. 

On Saturday we got the girls out for a bit for a fun ride while Camille "drove."

That photo sums up our family perfectly. Camille with no fear, Daddy looking straight ahead, Mama cheesing for the camera, and spider monkey Char clinging on to me. 

That night we had good ol' burgers on the grill and oven fries and ate on the patio. Ian and I were asleep by 9:15. 

And the next morning, Charlotte entertained us with a clear plastic plate. THAT GIRL. Oh that girl. 

It was a great weekend and I highly recommend a visit to Oz this summer or fall!


Supper Club Finds: Rosé and Ground Mustard Dressing

The other day was apparently, um, National Rosé Day.

You didn't know?! (me neither)

Well, apparently, it's the second Saturday in June. Mark your calendars for 2018, people. And bloggers -- GET. ON. IT. At least, get on it better than I did this year. How did I miss this? Well, apparently it was created in 2014 by a Rosé manufacturer. So yes, this is definitely the "Hallmark Holiday" of the wine world. 

Oh well. I'll embrace it. Le duh. 

At supper club the other night, I actually had a DELICIOUS rosé and I was like "Lori. Please tell me this isn't a forty dollar wine. Because I want it in my house" and a quick google search shows it's around $15? Totally doable. 

We all had a wonderful time per usual and really enjoyed the iPhone self-timer more than adult women should. It's so fun though! I love my friends!

Lori made a grilled chicken salad with THE BEST grain mustard vinaigrette. She'd just come back from Charleston where she sweet-talked the chef into sharing the recipe. And then she shared it with us. Secret's out! Now, this does make 1.5 liters ... picture a two liter Coke bottle. That size, y'all. So be prepared to scale it down or at least be ready to share some in a mason jar with some neighbors or co-workers.

In the salad was arugula and mixed greens, pine nuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) with grilled chicken on top and a buttered roll on the side.

Grain Mustard Vinaigrette
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
5 Tbsp Colmans mustard powder (see below)
4 Tbsp whole grain mustard
2.5 cups canola oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp minced shallots
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Water as needed

Mix all together and enjoy!

PS: The Colman's mustard powder can be found HERE on Amazon. Cute canister!

Colman's Mustard Powder, 4 Ounce


The Gray Door Story

Last week you may have heard me whispering in my phone on Snapchat about an awkward painting situation.

I h-a-t-e confrontation, I really do. 

The interior of our front door (and, to take a quick step back -- the entire thing used to be a reddish mahogany brown stain, the casing and the interior/exterior of the door) was supposed to be Chelsea Gray. I came downstairs to see our wonderful painter putting a coat of paint on it that was barely a shade darker than the white trim. Barely. And I KNEW what the color was supposed to look like because it's our kitchen island color! A nice medium/dark gray. 

"Oh wow! Is that the paint?" I asked David, and he said yes. I didn't want to question his work but I knew it wasn't right. "That's Chelsea Gray, right?" and he looked at the can and affirmed yes.

After he went out to his van, I snuck over to the paint can. Sure enough, CHELSEA GRAY. 

Well, folks, we figured it out, the Chelsea Gray paint dilemma. 

As soon as I showed David this paint chip that I saved from our kitchen cabinet project, he said "OH. That's Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray."

Yep. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams BOTH make a Chelsea Gray, and they are quite different. 

You may be thinking, April, why in the world didn't y'all figure this out before? Well, the day before I showed him the actual paint can from our kitchen project. It was a Sherwin-Williams can (I'd forgotten that it was a SW color-match to Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray). So, in a quick moment, he and I saw two things: Sherwin Williams, Chelsea Gray. We just missed that oh-so-important information on the can that said it was a color match to a Benjamin Moore color. 

Moral of the story, this is why paint is so great and why you shouldn't be scared of a painting project. Get the wrong color on the door? NO PROBLEM MAN. Just repaint it. 

We are still awaiting the final coat on the door, but doesn't it already look so much prettier and inviting?!


Five On Friiiiiiiiday (FUN)

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. :)

Camille's such a big girl and I'm honestly stunned she hasn't climbed out of her crib yet. No big girl bed for us yet! I am sort of breathing a sigh of relief (because I know it won't be the easiest transition) but I also am excited to see her room with two twin beds in it. I will keep the monogram where it is and have the two beds on either side of it. They are actually the twin bed headboards my sister and I used growing up!

Monogram source (Renee will help you will all of your decal needs!): 
 Instagram: @dandelion_decals 

We have one more coat to put on the door before it's officially done, but we now have our brighter, lighter entry!

Before, the door and casings were all a mahogany-stained wood. I just didn't love the color. Now the casings are bright, beautiful white. The blue door just adds such a nice pop (It's Dignity Blue by Sherwin-Williams). And the interior of the door is Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray, the same color we have on our kitchen island.

Meet the world's newest budding photographer, Camille, aged 3. She calls this piece "Mama Changing Charry's Diaper."

Have you ever had a German green bean salad? We had it earlier this week and ... YUM! My mom found the recipe on Pinterest and shared it with me. We used THIS recipe. I actually used a can of organic green beans which made it even easier. I figured the vinaigrette would cover up that "canned" taste completely, and it did. I made it during naptime and it was so tasty hours letter at supper. Highly recommend -- it's a nice way to have a cold side dish that is a twist on what you're probably doing typically with beans.

green bean salad

TGIF laaaaadies, and cheers to the fact we made it through another week! Whatcha doin' this weekend? LMK below!

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That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!

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