Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Mom Cave, Part II

The concept might be new to me, but my mom has mastered the 'mom cave' without even knowing it.

1. A place to converse

2. A place to write, work, blog, craft, ect

3. As many girly things as possible

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Mom Cave

Yesterday afternoon, C$ and I headed to Homegoods in search of some Halloween decorations. It has been rainy and a little cold in NC the last few days and I am loving it. It makes me want some new fall flare and to make chili for dinner, both of which I did yesterday. While I was at HG, I noticed signs everywhere advertising "The Mom Cave Giveaway", meaning that a designer would come to your house and give you your very own Mom Cave. I was curious as to what this 'mom cave' is all about.

Now, 'Man Cave' I've heard of, in fact, we had a really good one in our last house:

In our current house, husband's stuff is in the Moffice (the Man/Office) and the Ranger "Mess with the Best, Die like the Rest" flag has been retired, but Lou Gerhig was able to stay. And it is nice that husband has his special place, but what about me? I will say that arguably, our entire house could be the 'mom cave' since husband didn't realy decorate anything, however, I did take into accord that he would be living in these spaces too, so I did not make it look like I had 3 female roomates.

A quick search of 'mom cave' revealed little hits, save a few blogs and Homegood's giveaway, but I think the term will catch on. According to their site, the mom cave should have:
1. A place to converse
2. A place to work, write, blog, craft, ect

3. As many girly accessories as possible

4. A place to relax

I'm totally in to it! Homegoods marketing team, you win.

*Images from my basement, Coastal Living and House Beautiful

Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekend Catch-Up

Hi Friends! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent mine with my best friends from college celebrating LA's bachelorette party in Charlotte. Look how gorgeous my friends are!
LA and I have been friends since freshman year of college. I couldn't have been more of a tomboy and she was the girliest girl in the world. But we learned so much from each other and I am a better person because of it. Here we are in 2002:

And a little more grown up in 2005:

And now all grown up and married (but we still really like to hug each other)!

And here is a little C-Monday for you:

Hope you had a great weekend!

Cullen at daycare + Kev having the day off because he worked all weekend = surprise day-date for us.

See ya tomorrow!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Growing Pains

Frankie's left ear can't go, well, left. He's not sure if he wants to be a lab or a shepherd.
Baby boy's new favorite game is driving cars off the side of tables while saying "wwwhheeeeeeeee"

Our veggie garden is doing beautifully. But these pictures are close up because I dont want you to see the weeds inbetween my flourishing plants.

And nothing breaks a mom's heart like a little man who doesn't want his daddy to leave for work at 5:40 in the morning.

Here's to life!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

For Fall, I'm Feelin'

Blue and Brown combos: chic, classic and so easy to do. I am actually think of trading fall's red throw for a blue one over my couch. Something about it feel so fresh, but still homey. For me, fall is definitely a time for comfort and I think this combo gets it just right.

*Images from Coastal Living, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Ann Taylor Loft and Southern Living.

Blog Shouts!

Don't forget to jump over to our Army Wives Blog! It has much more substance since I first shouted it, so I thought I would give a little reminder about it. Feel free to follow us too so we can get the word out about it. Next week is our first deadline for essay submissions for our book and I am praying for some amazing contributions.

Also, my mom started a blog. How very hip of her right? She and my dad just got back from my dad's hometown in Germany and there are some really amazing pictures over there. Check her out!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Things I Wish I Was Cool Enough For

1. Traveling like a wanna be gypsy

2. Faux Fur vests

3. And Over the knee boots for that matter

4. A Dominio-style living room

5. A Fedora. Yep, will definitely never happen for me. What trends are hard for you to pull off??

Monday, September 20, 2010

C-Monday and a Big Thanks!

What a great weekend. The last two falls it seems husband and I have travled from here to there almost every weekend. However, this year, we have enjoyed staying home and enjoying Winston.

Friday night husband and I went on a last minute date to Tate's Bar. I love Tate's because there is no TV, their drinks are handmade and they played 3 OAR songs in the two hours we were there. It was a nice evening, one that was definitely needed. We have such a bad habit of cracking a beer and turning on the TV and not talking to eachother as the week ends. It was a much welcomed date as we were able to just sit in the corner and talk. There might have been a moment when we discussed baby boy's favorite Sesame Street characters... but we quickly realized it and returned to real adult convos.

The rest of the weekend continued beautifully, as baby boy rocked his AU jersey and played with Frank.

And thankfully, Auburn pulled out an undeserved win on a botched field goal attempt from Clemson.

On Sunday we headed out to Hanging Rock State Park and did a 2.5 mile hike to the top of the mountain and back. Baby Boy did a great job, although he spent the majority of time on our shoulders!

We also saw that fall was getting closer.

And took a family portrait on an empty trail.

And now on to a Big Thanks... THANK YOU dear friends for all your comments last week. I once had a professor in college who told us "of course writers are vain, we actually believe that people give a crap about what we say."And that is true, nothing validates a blogger like comments! I appreciate all your feeback and encouragement. Keep 'em coming!

Hope you had a great weekend and are off to a beautiful week!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Boy and His Dog

Frank is home. I think its going to work out.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Currently NOT Loving...

Restoration Hardware's re-vamp. Before I really cared about the interior of a house, I was drawn to Restortion Hardware's worn in, over-sized, gorgeous leather furniture. Their asthetic was so homey and classy at the same time. When we eventually did buy our first couch, I gravitated toward something very similar to what I used to see at RH. Now, it has been a few years since I've been in one, but a few weeks ago I flipped through their new catalog- they are claiming to be re-born but I think it all looks sorta,well, dead.

I honestly just hate it. I usually can appreciate a design, even if it is not my style, but this literally does nothing for me. It makes me kind of sad actually.

Am I just missing something? Thoughts??

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lessons from a Baby

Lately, many of husband and my conversations are about what happens next. So we've decided to stay in the Army, what now? Where will we move? When will we move? Are we going to be happy when we get there? What if we don't get the assignment we want? Then what? Then What? If, If, If? And then what? And around and around we go.

I think, as any couple would, we have made up our minds of where we want to go and how we want to go there, but we also know, even if we are having trouble accepting it, that it may not necessarily be the way it works out. Enter my sweet Cullen's room:

From here, it may not seem to have anything to do with this post, but it actually does.

Look closer... the cow is telling the zebra a secret. Apparently they are friends and they have sleepovers in the Little People Barn, although I've never seen a zebra and a cow hanging out, it made perfect sense to Baby Boy to put them together.

And the tiger took a nap in the silo while the pink pig happily looked on.

Maybe Kev and I are spending too much time worrying about our own comfort zone and not seeing that we could be happy in the barn (or in the jungle? Stay with me here...)

However, the real lesson today though comes from C's truck and Noah's Ark.

Somehow, in his little 16 month old mind, he deliberately decided to line the animals up on the car carrier and put the cars on Noah's Ark. Even my baby knows that sometimes, the path you want to take, isn't the path that works the best. And even if we get the path we want now, in another two years, we might not. Sometimes, what you least expect is exactly what you need (I mean, look how happy that lion is to finally be on dry land). And you know what? Somehow, his little intuitive, imaginative and amazing mind brought me a sense of peace. I know we are going to be alright. I know whether we take the car carrier or the boat, we are going to be happy. I know we made the right decision, I just don't know where it is taking us. And I'm ok with that.

RMH Blogger Tour

As I mentioned earlier, on Saturday I was lucky to be invited to a sneak peak of the enormus expansion of Winston-Salem's Ronald McDonald House. This was my first blogger event and I really enjoyed the chance to meet some new friends and be introduced to other great blogs from around town. Another big highlight was getting our very own private tour of the new house. Lastly, it was such an honor to see what the new expansion will be able to offer over 700 more families a year.

The purpose of the RMH is to serve families from outside Forsyth County to have a sick child staying at either Baptist or Forsyth hospital.

It is a place of comfort. To take a break from the hospital lights and talk to other families who understand what you are going through.

It is a place to find peace and hospitality.
To get some much needed rest so you can be there for your sick child.
A place for a little quiet time.
To take a shower and freshen up. To have a homecooked meal and a cup of coffee.

It is not a hotel, it is a 'home away from home' for families who are hurting, praying and anticipating the health of their little one.

I am grateful we have a RMH serving our community, and a community willing to serve the mission of it! Visit for more information.

You can also check out my fellow Winston bloggers for more insight in this RMH (and life in general!)

Lisa from Pickles and Cheese

Erin from The Fierce Beagle

Rachel from Triad Smart Pants

Kim from Kim's Korner

Nancy from Carpe Salem

Becky from You Can't Make This Stuff Up