A Weekend at Home

Sunday, April 24, 2016

We haven't had an entire weekend in Greenville in a long time. It was so nice to stay around the neighborhood Friday night and eat dinner with some of our best friends. We decided on Italian since Brian was running in a race the next morning. Had to fuel up…and that, we did. 

I had to work Saturday morning but it went by quickly so I texted Steph when I left and said something like "I'm coming to pick you up for lunch and a pedicure!" Obviously she agreed and we ended up at a brand new local neighborhood spot, 29605 (The 05. So new that it actually hasn't opened yet. The owners and wait staff were so great and said they'd love to "practice" on us. So, we ordered all of the cocktails, cheese boards and flat breads they had to offer and called it the best lunch ever. 

Andrew had finished day 1 of playing in a golf tournament so we got ready and headed downtown for sushi and ice cream. Two of our absolute favorites. We called it an early night and ended up watching Trainwreck and it was hilarious. It got a little slow at the end but Amy Schumer is hilarious. And, she is going to be at the comedy club this Friday in Greenville! 

Andrew had day 2 of golf so I twisted Stephanie and her family's arm to come to the Biscuit Head pop up at Swamp Rabbit Brewery. Beermosas and loaded bbq and pimiento cheese biscuits? Oh yes. Andrew and I have been big fans of Biscuit Head for a while and love the local to Asheville restaurant. We can't wait for our own Biscuit Head to open up in just a few weeks. 


We continued to day drink our way into dinner with card games and outdoor snacks and sangria. Andrew finished his golf tournament and met us at Stephanie's to grill out. Brian and Laura and their little boy joined us as so it was a perfect way to end the weekend. 

Photo by Steph

Thank you so much for all of the emails, comments and texts about my father in law. We are slowly getting back into the hang of things and are just so thankful for friends and family to get us through this difficult time. 

Have a great week! 

One Year.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wow. It's crazy to think that one year ago today, I posted my very first post

As most of you know, this has been a crazy and wild year. While there have been some very dark moments, there have been some really good ones too. 

Weeks or even months ago when I was wanting to plan this post, I had every intention of wanting to do some sort of giveaway to celebrate. You can probably tell that I haven't been writing many posts lately or getting the chance to read and comment on yours. Things lately have been hard. So very hard. I honestly haven't had the energy to pick up the computer and blog. I've been where I'm needed most right now, with family. It's been kind of nice to get away from all social media and focus on what's important in life. 


They say it comes in threes. 

This past October, my father in law as diagnosed with GBM, Glioblastoma brain cancer. He fought the hardest fight of all for his life. We've spent many nights with him in the hospital, gone through tough treatments, many trips to Duke University Hospital and countless nights crying ourselves to sleep. And, all of the prayers. 

But, it is over. The battle is over and he is no longer having to work so hard to live. He wasn't alone and I thank God for allowing us to be with him when he went to Heaven. We are in town this weekend to celebrate his life. 

My grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer just a few short months ago. He has been in and out of the hospital because he is not able to eat or drink with the massive tumor. He is now going through radiation and chemotherapy. I am so fortunate to still have all four of my grandparents in my life. I never imagined we'd lose a parent first. 

This is might have to be told at a later date because I'm not quite ready to talk about it. But, it's about me and the dark place I've been in for over a year and a half. Once we are able to figure out more of what's going on, I'll be sharing with you. I'm hoping very soon! 

I'm sorry for not really making this post my one year celebratory post, but this is what's currently happening on this date. It's what's been on my mind for months and will continue to be on my mind. 

I am hoping to get back into the blogging world, so thank you for your patience while I try to transition back into that. 

Until then, here are some of my favorite posts that I've written this past year. 

Thank you so much for following me for this past year and I hope you'll continue to follow, even if I'm not able to post on a regular basis. 


Rodan + Fields Review

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

You've all seen the Facebook posts, Instagram feeds and articles written about Rodan + Fields. I was always so intrigued about them and loved seeing the "before" and "after" shots of those using the products. My friend, Laura, is a consultant and was hosting a party at her house at the end of last summer. I attended and loved learning more about the company and different regimens they offer. They offer so many different options targeting different skin types and needs. I decided at the time that I would try a product, really just to support my friend, and needed an eye cream at the time. So, I chose the "Redefine" line because it is known to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness (thanks, genetics),  and is supposed to minimize the look of crow's-feet. It is also supposed to help firm and smooth out your skin, minimizing the size of your pores. 

Studies have demonstrated that at around the age of 25, we begin to lose collagen at the rate of 1.5% each year. Most people will lose 50% of their facial collagen levels by the age of 60. This might not sound like a lot to you, but it is extremely important that we try to act now and prevent this from happening at this increased rate. 

To preface, I used this twice a day (morning and night before moisturizing my face). It took me about 6 months to finish the bottle. At $60 for the multi-function eye cream, that is not a bad deal since it lasts so long. When I used the cream, my skin felt so nourishing and hydrated. Your under eye area is the most delicate and thinnest skin so hydration is incredibly important when trying to hide those dark circles. 

Prepare yourself…you're about to see my naked face.


So, what do you think? Can you tell a difference? Although my under eye area still has some darkness to it…which, I don't ever think that will go away because of genetics, I think it is lighter. I think the biggest difference I could feel was the puffiness. It might be difficult to see in these pictures but I do feel like they aren't as puffy as they were before I started using this product. I'm sure that the longer you use it, you will only continue to see more progress. 

I have actually already repurchased this item and can't wait to start using it again. I've been out of it for about two weeks and I truly miss not putting it on. 

Here are a few helpful tips that seem like common sense but they are common mistakes that people make. 



I also am still testing out the Essentials Foaming Tan that everyone raves about. I've only used it a few times and have loved it but will be giving a full review soon, once I've had longer to test it out. 

Sadly, this lip exfoliator is now discontinued but I've been using it on my dry lips

This has been awesome so far! This serum is incredibly hydrating and helps my chapped lips like crazy. I exfoliate my lips with the above product and then use the serum after that. I can tell a huge difference, especially when I put it on night and wear it while I sleep. 

If you would like to try these products, my dear friend Laura would love to help you with any questions  you might have! Feel free to contact her if you would like to order any products as well. 

*A few of these products were provided to me but I did purchase the eye cream on my own