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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 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 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, “Tea for Two” Enchanted Birthday…

Sequined tiaras, wands, crowns, teapots, fairies and lots of sweet treats! Eloise’s enchanted tea party birthday celebration was a magical morning spent with family and friends.

I enjoyed watching Eloise’s delight playing with friends, and I had fun planning the party details and decor featuring a custom balloon arch by One Stylish Party, flower “2” from Begonia Rose, “Happy Birthday, Eloise” banner from Banner Bakery, custom invitations and favor labels by Love Lucy Design, chalkboard welcome sign by Swirled Patina, teacup cookie favors from Sugar Columbia and whimsical teapot cake designed by The Southern Gourmet.

Some very special fairy guests from Once Upon a Princess enchanted our little guests, helped us decorate yummy cake pops, sang songs, gave out butterfly tattoos and helped us blow out birthday candles before flying back to the forest.

We still can’t believe that our Eloise is two and wish that her year ahead is full of love, happiness and magic!

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A Lovely Second Year…

"I wake to find your hand in mine
We must have fell asleep last night,
just right
The sunlights dancin'
through the blinds
The day is waiting on the line
just outside

Will you always be
my love?

Will you always be
my love?

Now cars are passing and
birds are laughing as
trees are holding up the sky
in the window
do they feel it,

have they seen it grow
have they been watching us
do they know?

Will you always be
my love?

Will you always be
my love?" – "Will You Always Be My Love?" By Holly Maher

As I give goodnight kisses and tuck in my one year old baby this week for the last time before she turns two, I think about how quickly time has passed this year, how many milestones we've reached- tip toe steps turned to walking and running, first words turned into sentences and conversations, family trips and memories made. I also wonder how long this magical stage will continue for my Little Lovely where the world is full of wonder; where new friends are greeted with smiles and hugs; where sweet giggles and nursery rhymes fill the air and where playing with mommy and daddy are her favorite pastimes.

Eloise is certainly the sunshine of our lives providing a consistent source of joy when we have needed it most. She gently reminds us to be kind, patient, live in the moment and laugh each day. As she grows up, so does our little family, and we can't wait to celebrate!

Here is a quick glimpse of highlights from Eloise's second year.

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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 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,