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A Lovely Little Apple…

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple” -J.K. Rowling

The weather was so beautiful yesterday that we decided to hop in the car and head up to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Only a two hour ride from Columbia, Sky Top is the perfect destination for a day trip. In addition to acres of varietal apple trees, the orchard features a market of specialty apple products, fresh cider and delicious goodies, including hot apple cider donuts. There is a playground and tables outside where we were able to have a picnic lunch before we started picking.

Eloise was proud to help select the ripe fruit and place in our basket, and we are planning to make some apple crisp together this week. Make sure to add this fun, family activity to your fall list!

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A Lovely Little Nap…

“And on, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

And on, I can fly, I can fly, I can fly

And on, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

And I’m loving every second

Minute, hour, bigger, better, stronger, power”

 – That Power by Justin Bieber and Will.I.Am 

Any other toddler mommies find themselves counting down the minutes until naptime every now and then, especially on these famously hot summer days? 

Eloise has never been the best napper, but at 22 months, she’s settled into a routine of laying down for at least an hour of rest/quiet time post lunch (thank goodness 🙏🏻).  While I usually have a list of items to accomplish (emails to answer, chores to do, meals to prep) I try to take a few minutes to savor the quiet as well (perhaps watching a few minutes of a DVRd show, reading an article or scrolling my Insta feed). 


Here is a list of tips to maximize nap time from Today Show Parenting. How do you make the most of the magical, quiet hour?

That Power

Sweet dreams,

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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. 🍾


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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!