A Lovely Little Summer Afternoon…

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

As the early afternoons of summer get underway, Little Lovely and I are settling into a new routine with a little less structure and a little more time for fun. At 21 months old, Eloise is a busy toddler with plenty of energy and curiosity, so I’m constantly on the lookout for outings and activities to keep us both happy.

Of course the pool is a popular destination (in fact, the first thing Eloise asks about when she wakes up lately is if we’re going to the pool). We’re lucky that our local pool has a designated baby pool that is the perfect size for Eloise to play with her toys and splash around with friends. She’s also quite fond of the snack bar.Our city is fortunate to be home to Riverbanks Zoo, considered one of the best zoos in the country, and last year we purchased a family membership making it a go-to for a #zooplaydate. Right now Eloise gets excited to feed the giraffes and visit some of the animals we read about in one of her favorite books, Pat the Zoo.On rainy days, a trip to the children’s section of our local library branch is a good spot to color, play and peruse books.

Another indoor option we are planning is to catch a family flick at Regal Cinemas as part of its #SummerMovieExpress. Starting this week, participating theaters will show popular kids’ movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for $1, and proceeds go towards the Will Rogers Institute. 

For something a little out of the box try family “happy hour” at River Rat Brewery. The outdoor space features a playhouse, toys and games for all ages. There is a relaxed vibe, and the summer menu now includes Prosecco and popsicles from King of Pops. 🍾


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!


A Lovely First School Year…

School’s out for summer! Last week, Eloise finished the 1’s class at her nursery school, Kilbourne Park, marking the end of a wonderful year. While this might not count as true school, she gained many new skills this year – from music to arts and crafts, Gymboree, playing on the playground and of course making new friends.

{First day of 1’s, August 2016, A Lovely First Day of School}

It’s remarkable to compare her first and last day of school pictures. Eloise could not yet walk or talk and was so nervous when we left her in the classroom on her first day, and now she’s a full fledged toddler asking to wear a bracelet with her  Prim & Proper dress and walk into the classroom on her own. I’m so thankful to her teachers for helping her develop this year and am so proud of the little girl she is growing into each day.

Happy summer!


A Lovely Little Easter Basket…

“Here comes Peter Cottontail

Hoppin’ down the bunny trail

Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way” -Gene Autry

Next weekend, Peter Cottontail will be hopping down the trail and filling Easter baskets with treats and goodies galore. 

My childhood Easter memories are of being at the beach with my family and waking up to find a potpourri of delightful, small gifts and sweets left by the Easter Bunny. Over the years, my brothers and I have grown to appreciate the thought “the bunny” put into our baskets, and now as a mom myself, I hold traditions like these so dear. I’m also especially fond of bunnies in general, which makes it even more fun to procure special items for Eloise’s basket. Here is a sampling of spring surcees for your little lovelies. 

{Eloise’s basket // Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes available locally at Little Lambs & Ivy and where I also found an adorable bunny wand and barrettes by Pink Poppy // Sweet sleeping bunny vase for fresh flowers or jellybeans from The Shops at Cricket Newman // Personalized plate and cup by Katie Scarlet Designs // Sparkle Rabbit Clutch by Cat and Jack at Target // A rainbow of Jelly Cat bunnies and baskets at BeBeep

Another new tradition our family started this year is decorating trees with Easter Eggs- Eloise has already become an “egg”spert. 🐰

Happy Easter!


Lovely Little 🍓

“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.” -Goethe

On this very warm second day of spring, Eloise and I decided to head to our local strawberry patch, Cottle Strawberry Farm, to pick some fresh berries. 

Since it was very warm this afternoon our picking was brief, but we still managed to fill our basket! My little helper supervised as I prepped the fruit to make yummy smoothies for an after dinner treat using a Junior League Kids in the Kitchen recipe.



My Lovely Little Sunshine…

You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine,

You make me happy when skies are grey.

You never know dear how much I love you. 

Please don’t take my sunshine away. 

-“You are my Sunshine by Jimmie Davis, 1939

We can all agree that winter in South Carolina has been very mild (thank goodness). Even so, it’s nice to see the days becoming longer and the sunshine warming up these February afternoons. 

The changing of seasons is also a reminder that my Little Lovely is growing  – how is she 17 months old? This stage is so much fun as Eloise explores, runs, dances and shows more of her sweet and funny personality each day. I wanted to capture these moments and was delighted that photographer, Travis Dew, was in town last week and had an opening for a session. Eloise and I played in the yard and even stopped to “smell some flowers” as Travis snapped away, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the images. Sometimes it’s hard for mommies to see how much their little ones are changing since we are with them at all times. These beautiful photos are proof that my Eloise is becoming a lovely little girl.


A Lovely Little Snow Day…

“Oh the weather outside is frightful

But the fire is so delightful,

And we’ve really no place to go,

So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

All week long, forecasters tempted us with the idea of the white stuff, but somehow I just couldn’t believe we would happen especially since we were playing outside just days before in the warm sunshine. 

Saturday morning we woke up to some freezing temperatures and grey clouds but no snow yet. Even without snow we decided it would make it our first family snow day spent staying cozy indoors. 

Jody pulled out the special Mickey Mouse waffle maker I gave him for Christmas (since we all enjoyed the Mickey waffles on our Disney trip) and whipped up some breakfast.  They were a big hit with Little Lovely! With full tummies we set to work making a fire and continued checking the weather report and looking out the window to spy some potential flakes. Around mid morning, a very light powder began sprinkling, and Eloise rushed to the window to watch with delight. We knew the snow wouldn’t last long so we decided to bundle up and take a walk.

Eloise was weather ready in her Peppa boots and adorable knit hat that we won last year from Belles and Beaus Children’s Boutique.     It might have only been a dusting, but it was still Eloise’s first official snow.

The rest of the day was for staying warm by the fire, finishing up our latest Netflix binge, The OA, and diving into a new thriller, The Couple Next Door. And I joined a few neighborhood gals for a brisk walk to stretch our legs after being cooped up inside.

How did you spend your snow day?