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A Lovely Spring Break…

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” – Mark Twain

This year, having spring fever coincided nicely with our family’s spring break, and we packed in events, outings and a beach trip into our week.

The break kicked off with a beautiful Easter weekend and some quality time with family and of course the Bunny.

My dress is by Devon Baer Design and Eloise’s pearl heirloom dress is from Posh Pickle.

We also had a special time taking Eloise to her first Disney on Ice performance and watching her eyes light up as her favorite princesses took to the ice.

The weather was perfect for outdoor activities, so we ventured to Cottle Strawberry Farm for berry picking and eating one afternoon and to Riverbanks Zoo for a morning visit before the crowds arrived.

Eloise’s adorable strawberry watercolor dress is by Little English and her bonnet is from The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Mid-week, we packed up and left town for some relaxation at Litchfield Beach. Although it was a little chilly, our Little Lovely was determined to play in the sand and water! I was grateful for taking long walks, taking in quiet sunrises and even taking time to finish a book, A Man Called Ove.

As an added treat, my mom and brother joined us for a few days. Eloise loved her time with Nonni and Uncle Dillon, and we even got to sneak away for a date night at the charming Caffe Piccolo in Pawleys Island.

My spring fever might not have completely subsided, but breaking from routine to enjoy family and make memories has us all feeling refreshed and recharged.

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A Lovely Fall Break…

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” -L.M. Montgomery

The weather this fall has been unseasonably warm even for South Carolina, so we took advantage of the continued summer to plan a beach trip over the long weekend.

Nothing on the schedule except for beach walks and watching some football (for Jody) which meant plenty of time to play and relax.

Dinner on the patio at Bistro 217 was the perfect way to end the day (Eloise is a big fan of their homemade banana ice cream).

We took one more beach walk before heading home. Until next time!

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A Lovely Little Folly…

Happy Labor Day!

Our family spent the holiday weekend in Folly Beach, SC, visiting with cousins, playing on the beach and cheering on the Gamecocks to their first win of the season!

Eloise was so excited to follow her older cousins around and particularly enjoyed her cheese quesadilla dinner at local favorite, Taco Boy. Mom and Dad were also excited to sneak downtown for brunch at The Grocery and King Street shopping (so many great Labor Day sales).

{These Gamecocks were ready for a win!}{Brunch at The Grocery}{Skinny margarita at Taco Boy 🌮🍹}

Hope you enjoy your day off!

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A Lovely Farewell to Summer…

"When summer gathers up her robes of glory and like a dream, glides away" -Susan Whitman

The hazy days of summer are drawing to a close, but before a new routine gets underway, our family was able to squeeze in a final beach trip to Hilton Head Island.
We settled into The Westin for the weekend, which is beautiful and child-friendly boasting four pools and easy beach access.

Eloise and I enjoyed exploring the area during our morning walks, and of course she played hard – swimming and making new friends- until crashing for her afternoon nap.
The highlight of the trip was spending time with our Hilton Head cousins and reliving some childhood memories in Harbour Town where we saw the legendary Gregg Russell perform under the oak tree delighting children and parents just as I remembered (he's currently in his 41st season). Storm clouds rolled in the final afternoon of our stay but cleared off just in time for date night (thanks to our lovely niece for babysitting).


Before heading home, we let Eloise loose on the beach to expend some energy. At 23 months old, she is always in running mode (or flying as she calls it) and doesn't meet a stranger.
Goodbye, beach!

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A Lovely Little Fourth…

“Every heart beats true under red, white, and blue…”- You’re a Grand Old Flag, George Cohan

Sunshine, sand castles, family dinners, ice cream, wave jumping and even a few date nights- it was another fun beach week celebrating the Fourth of July with Little Lovely in our favorite seaside spot, Litchfield Beach, SC.

Eloise had a ball playing hard and spending quality time with our extended family. Here are a few photos capturing some vacation highlights:

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Lovely Little May…

Does the calendar really say June 1? The last month was busy as we celebrated family birthdays, Mother’s Day, the end of Eloise’s first school year and turning 21 months old, a fun beach week, play dates with friends, and Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer. I’m grateful for all of the happy memories we made and excited for the sweet summer ahead!

Beach fun 🏖:
{Special birthday date at our favorite spot, Chive Blossom}

{Mother’s Day tea ☕️}

{Celebrating Nonni’s birthday 🎂}
{Birthday dinner with the sweetest girlfriends at new favorite, 1801 Grille!} 


{Play dates and pool days with good friends 👭}

{21 months old!}

Memorial Day fun 🇺🇸:

Happy summer!

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A Lovely Fall Beach Weekend…

Tangled 

We return to hear the waves rolling onto the beach one after another connecting us like blood.

We were listening long before we came here, remembering wind spinning salt through  interrupted sunlight.

This is a place where dreams return like fish tangled in seaweed. 

Whatever sorrows come are folded into the sea, rinsed clean and kept- unbearable secrets.

-Marjory Heath Wentworth, SC Poet Laureate 

Fall at the beach is a special time. The crowds have disappeared, the weather is cool, but the sun is warm enough for long walks. After a busy few weeks, it was nice to slow down and relax at Litchfield Beach for the weekend.Waking up to this beautiful sunrise we bundled up Little Lovely and headed out for a brisk beach walk.    The wind was whipping so we moved inland to escape the chill.

Our plan for the morning was to visit Brookgreen Gardens, an expansive sculpture garden and natural preserve celebrating its 85th anniversary. Founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Huntington Brookgreen has become a cultural center featuring the largest and most comprehensive collection of figurative sculpture in the country. The oppressive heat usually deters us from visiting during our summer beach week, but a lovely fall day was perfect for meandering through the grounds. Brookgreen will soon begin its Night of a Thousand Candles when the live oaks are strewn with twinkling lights and handlit candles shimmer nightly throughout the holiday season.    We also visited the zoo on site, and Eloise enjoyed seeing the animals from her cute stroller.   We were all ready for a rest and with renewed energy we played on the beach in the afternoon sun. Little Lovely is certainly a beach baby and had so much fun running around and picking up seashells.          Our day at the beach ended with a delicious dinner at local favorite, Frank’s Outback, which is especially cozy in the fall with fire pits and heaters providing warmth while you dine alfresco.  A relaxing weekend away – hope yours was too!

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