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Lovely Mother’s Day Gift Ideas…

“Mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take”

Mother’s Day is next week and so is my mother’s (and my) birthday, so I’m always on the lookout for gifts this time of year. Here are a few suggestions for the lovely mommy in your life.

{Hand painted vase with fingerprint design by your little one from Mad Platter // Colorful Cortina maxi dress in fun print by CK Bradley // Pink Tassel Tote from Tuckernuck // Tulip Earrings by Susan Gordon Pottery // Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera to capture all of the special mommy moments // And what mother doesn’t want a new pair of cute pajamas to lounge in on her special day. These are Hula Girl PJs by the Cat’s Pajamas available at The Grove}

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day,

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A Lovely Little Lake…

“So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake” -Edgar Allen Poe

The lovely Lake Oconee was our weekend destination and provided the most peaceful and relaxing setting. It was our first visit to the Ritz Reynolds Plantation, and we quickly embraced its elegant and rustic charm. A luxe lodge nestled on the water about an hour from Augusta, the property is strategically scattered with adirondack chairs, chimeneas, walking paths and twinkle lights to create a restful environment. 

After getting settled into our room, we headed to the lawn to catch the sunset and opening reception for the conference Jody was attending. Dinner on the patio followed where we looked up at the stars while snuggled under fleece blankets, and we ended the evening around the fire pit roasting s’mores.I hit the gym and spa Saturday morning while Jody conferenced, and then we met up to explore the Oconee Trail. By the time we made it back from our walk (six miles later), we were hungry and ready for a lakeside lunch. It was a treat to have an afternoon without any plans, so we meandered from deck chairs to playing ping pong in the “backyard” to a cozy spot in front of the roaring fire in the lobby to read.

​In fact, cocktail hour lingered a little too long, and we rushed to get ready for dinner and Casino Night. The dealer might have gotten the best of us at the Black Jack table, but I always feel lucky to spend a weekend away with my guy.

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Lovely Summer Reading…

Little Lovely and I are always looking for fun activities, and on a rainy Monday morning, the library was the perfect spot. 

I’ve written before about our love of Richland Library and how Eloise and I participate weekly in Hello Baby at the Wheatley Branch. Well, today was our first visit to the Main library downtown. Baby was wide-eyed seeing so many children and even made a few new friends while we listened to stories and songs. Following story-time, we were treated to a delightful puppet show about a curious frog. It was just the right amount of time to keep everyone’s attention, and then the little ones were invited to explore books to take home. If you’ve never ventured to the library’s Children’s Room, it’s an amazing resource offering plenty of room to read, play and learn. This summer the Richland Library Friends are posing a Summer Learning Challenge. Pick up a form and register at your local branch or Online and document your reading and participation in library events. When you’ve received all six badges, you’re eligible for a prize! It’s a fun incentive to keep reading all summer long. 

Speaking of reading, here are a few titles I’m hoping to check out over the summer too:
 
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A Lovely Little Story…

We actually didn’t make it there today since Little Lovely had a late morning nap, but typically on Wednesday mornings, you can find us at the Richland Library Wheatly Branch for Hello Baby! story-time. It’s a delightful half hour of stories and songs led by one of the talented and patient librarians. 

I started taking Eloise when she was only a month old mainly as a way for mommy to get out and about, and it’s been a treat seeing how she increasingly pays attention each week and enjoys the library and books more and more.

Jody and I are fairly avid readers, so we introduced books to baby right from the start, making it part of our bedtime routine. Eloise seems to like the quiet time and helps turning pages.Eloise listening intently at story-time a few weeks ago. She loves carrying around her special little book by Prestige Baby. They are wonderful for teethers since they are waterproof. I have not been able to find others, but here is a link to some by Fisher-Price. In My Heart: A Book of FeelingsAll Aboard! Paris: A French Primer

Jody recently joined the Richland Library Foundation Board and was excited to learn that Richland Library was a Nationl Medal finalist from the Institute of Museum and Library Science. We are all so lucky to have this world-class resource in our community.

By the way, did you know that the Wheatly Branch has been operating since 1930 and is named for Phillis A. Wheatley, an African slave and wellknown eighteenth century poet? It was also the first library in Columbia to offer service to black patrons.

Mom and Dad are very glad that baby is sleeping through the night so we can get back to our bedtime reading routine as well. Here are a few titles currently on our nightstands:     

  

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A Lovely Little Pool Day…

The 80 degree “spring” weather we’ve been enjoying lately has encouraged me and my Little Lovely to spend lots of time outdoors. 

This week Eloise and I ventured to the pool for our first visit. We dipped our toes in but didn’t stay long. Although she was a little hesitant about the whole idea it was a good test run, and it made me consider what I should pack in my pool bag this summer. Here are a few items I will be toting along for baby and mommy:  

Babyganic Baby Sunscreen Spray // Target baby girl white eyelet sun hat // Gymboree striped one shoulder swimsuit // The Swans of Fifth Avenue // Grosgrain straw hat by Jonathan Adler // DQdq Pom Pom Tunic

Also here is Eloise sporting her swimwear:  

  

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A Little Reading…

With Easter just a week away my Little Lovely and I are reading our favorite bunny themed books (although we love bunnies all year long). Here are some of the sweet little reads – new and classics- to add to your library:

image Guess How Much I Love You // Marshmallow- available at Cottage and Vine // The Magic Bunny by Jellycat // Runaway Bunny // The Tale of Peter Rabbit