Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Friday! We made it through another week (and another week of me not blogging).  I am really working towards better time management.  I know, I promise this every time.  But I feel like I'm getting back into the swing of life. The pending arrival of fall has me inspired.  I hope you all had a lovely week!

1. I know I gushed about our wedding invites but hey I'm lazy and waited until the last minute so I didn't exactly order a sample from Wedding Paper Divas so I was a bit nervous about how the gold border would turn out on the invite...sometimes gold can look a bit chintzy to me.  

2.  Matt and I were walking the dogs Labor Day weekend in the neighborhood and went by a yard sale and I found 2 wing back chairs that were $40 for the pair.  They have a wonderful shape and were in great condition - minus their mustard yellow corduroy upholstery.  Last Sunday I went to Joann's and I was able to get 16 yards of fabric on sale for $150 (If you have never looked at fabric before you won't know that's a steal -- but it really is!)!  I have to wait a few weeks for the rest of my order to come in but I cannot wait to send them to be recovered.  

3.  We are having our wedding shower this weekend! I'm so happy to spend some quality time celebrating with family and friends!!! 

4.  I'm dying over these boots.  I needed a short black pair for this upcoming fall season and these Loeffner Randall rain boots seem so versatile and like I could wear them even when it isn't raining.  They would be PERFECT for our London/Scotland trip at the end of the year!!! 

5.  I feel like September has been a magical month of checking a lot of things off my wedding "to-do" list.  It makes me happy and way less stressed.  I need to keep up my momentum! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adventures in Food {a long overdue update on what and where I've been eating}

I have had SO many foodie items I have been wanting to share with anyone who will listen to me that I've finally tried to sit down and gather my thoughts.  I've been to several new places around Atlanta and beyond and I must share -- the good, the bad, the mediocre; etc.  The only thing I know to do here is to dive in and get right to it.  

apologies as I am unable to locate source for this photo. it is not mine. 

What I Loved: This place is just amazingly beautiful inside.  Great Buckhead location and incredible ambiance.  I've been for lunch twice.  

What I Didn't Love:  My first trip I had an appetizer come out that was cold in the middle.  Don't get me wrong they were great about it -- brought us a new one ASAP and even comped it (not that we asked them to) from the check.  Still -- I just feel like this is something that should happen at TGI Fridays, not a Ford Fry establishment.  The second time I went on a Tuesday afternoon around 11:30 and was told that since I didn't have a reservation I had to wait for a table.  I went with M to wait at the bar -- and pretty much saw a million empty tables and lounging wait staff.  By the time they decided to come give us a table we had already had an appetizer and just decided to stay at the bar since we were already settled in. 

The Food: I hate that I had so many service issues because I feel like their pastas and desserts were very, very good.  But again -- due to service I have not been back and probably won't go back for a while. 

Savannah, GA

On our way to St. Simons Island we managed a pit stop in Tybee Island and went into Savannah to make a special trip to Hugh Acheson's newest digs.  

What I Loved: the people I was with, our very nice server who triumphed in a seemingly chaotic Saturday night rush, wine knowledge and lists, lots to choose from on the menu, beautiful dining space and open kitchen. 

What I Didn't Love: There didn't seem to be a lot of parking (although we found a space easily). 

The Food:  I'd definitely be willing to return to this place but we definitely had a few food low points here.  But also some high points and great service.  We tried a fish dish, a pizza, lots of small plates, some entrees, and dessert.  The bread plate and beef carpaccio were very good.  Pizza was just ok.  M had the roasted & confit pork -- very, very good.  I will say my meal ended on a bad note with the peach tart I ordered for dessert.  I hate to be so super harsh but it was truly so dry it may as well have come from a vending machine.  A friend ordered the cannoli which was incredible.  So get that instead. 

A notable mention for our trip -- Tybee Island Breakfast Club which recently got a small mention in the Garden & Gun food issue was a fun treat before we headed out of town and continued to St. Simons.  Go early so you won't have to wait as long! It's not fancy but it's good and has super large portions if you are starving. 


What I Loved: Echo is located at The King and Prince resort in St. Simons and it has a special place in my heart because The Housewife got married in St. Simons and her reception was at the resort.  This is a new place to me -- I'm not quite sure when they opened but I can't wait to go back.  Service -- fantastic.  Ocean front views if you want them.  Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, & cocktails.  I loved the food. 

What I Didn't Love: Hey look -- it turns out I don't look for things to complain about. I loved everything about this place. 

The Food: It was all SO SO good.  And I truly don't think that it was due to the fact that I was starving from an intense and long beach day.  Please try this place if you are in the area! 


I know it's sacrilegious to be from the South and say that I don't necessarily live and die by good BBQ -- but this place may have changed my mind.  We were on such a good kick of hitting some restaurants we wanted to try out that we squeezed this one in on the way out of town.  I do not regret this stop at all. 

What I Loved: Simple, good service, quaint atmosphere, ate it all outside in the August heat next to their smoker.  I had a classic pulled pork on a bun with slaw on top and a side of hush puppies.  The hush puppies shattered my soul (in a good way) and I forced the entire sandwich into my body even though I was incredibly full after eating only half. It was that good. 

What I Didn't Love: The only thing that makes me sad is that this place isn't close to my house! 

The Food: They had a really extensive menu and served items other than BBQ. Per Garden and Gun rumor is sometimes they have Sunday Brunch items -- like cornbread waffles.  Someone mail one of those to me as soon as possible.  In true fat-kid fashion we couldn't just leave without taking one of their pimiento cheese sandwiches with us.  I popped it in the oven the next night and we split it for dinner -- it was incredible!  

I seriously may never be able to eat BBQ anywhere else again. I just don't think it will compare. 

I'll try to get my other places up in another post. This one got away from me with length! One small mention should go out to supporting local coffee in St. Simons at Wake Up Coffee. Super cute, wonderful scones, and delicious iced coffee! 

Also -- where are you eating right now? Seriously. I want to know. 

~the engaged gal~

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five on Friday

Ah! I'm so happy I'm squeezing in a Five on Friday post! 

1. I'm still happy to report that work is going really, really well.  I'm not an expert at anything yet.  It's all still really challenging -- but I love my office and what we do and all the wonderful people I work with.  I feel so lucky to have all these feelings.  

2.  The Housewife and I are happily training for the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon! It feels SO good to be running and I've been really devoted to my mileage.  I ran 48 miles in August and hope to run even more in September -- but we have an off week for a long run so it may even out.   My running fitness is really coming back -- hopefully one day soon we can run on some cooler days. 

3.  The stuffings/insides of our wedding invitations came today from Wedding Paper Divas. I'm really excited about them! I can't resist sharing the beautiful suite we used! "Gilded Romance". I definitely can't wait to see the actual invites in person on Tuesday! 

4.  I'm happy to report that I've actually made a real effort at not shopping.  I'm working to get at least into October without buying anything.  The wedding is getting super close (just about 90 days out) and we need all our pennies.  Especially for my London min-moon blow out.  

5.  I spend a lot of time working on my library hold/request list.  Today I got a notice that a book I've wanted to read forever was waiting for me at the hold desk! What a great day! 

Happy weekend! 

~the engaged gal~

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Obsessions

Oh hey there! I'm trying to crawl back from the dead.  For real.  The job really is starting to feel "normal" even if a lot of my day to day still seems really challenging and hard because things just don't come very naturally to me yet.  I really miss blogging and sharing with y'all and now that I've finally crossed some more stuff off of the list for one of the smallest weddings ever I think I can resurface.  

I figured we could start with some obsessions! I recently made myself revamp some of my makeup bag after holding off for what seemed like forever and I'm super pleased with two new things I am trying. 

I'm super picky about my foundation because I need full coverage.  I've been getting by with some Revlon items and liked those okay -- but I was ready to bite the bullet for something better.  However, as I was looking at my basket and thinking of my budget I did a quick grab for this Sephora 10 Hour Wear Perfection Foundation.  I have to say -- I am SUPER impressed.  Definitely the coverage I want, a ton of colors, and lasts pretty much all day.  And for only $20 I may be a customer for life. 

In my heart I really wanted to also get some Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturizer but damn it's $43.  I wish I had it.  I do.  And I was going to buy it anyway but then I saw this illuminizer.  I'm really pleased with this also and it's only $28.  It gives a really nice glow.  I have mixed with my foundation and used alone.  

The last few weeks have also been awesome because Outlander finally started on Starz.  I've read the book and was so excited to see how this show turned out.  I have not been disappointed at all.  It's actually nice to watch some tv again! I never make time for tv during the week.  #claireandjamieforever

My parents got me an initial necklace for my birthday like this and I can't stop wearing it.  I feel like everyone else needs one now, too.  Especially for $38.  

Since it's been so long since I have blogged I could probably keep going but I won't.  I've missed my little special outlet here.  I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

~the engaged gal~

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quick Check in + Beach Pics

I think everyone is getting consumed with finalizing the start of fall schedules and school related activities, at least for us. A quick weekend getaway with my best girls (and my littlest girls) was just what the doctor ordered. I taped up my wounds with a dozen water resistant patches and bandaids and we went to the beach despite a rainy forecast. The weather was wonderful. 

While we were gone No. 1 and Turtle had a super fun filled weekend...which also included No. 1 playing and breaking two fingers on her left hand. Someone was obviously jealous of all the time Mom and Dad (two stress fractures) have spent with orthopedics this year. We had a temporary cast for a week until we could see the doctor. I'm absolutely sure with the way the physicians assistant, resident and orthopedic were enamored with No. 1's personality that she was a highlight of their day Monday. We opted for a cast for two weeks which had to be red and glitter. She could have worn a splint but they said she would have to be diligent about keeping it on. Naturally, the cast was the better option. 

The Housewife 

Friday, August 1, 2014


Housewife reporting in post surgery. I had carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release on my right hand/arm last Thursday. I absolutely feel that I'm recovering well at this point, however, I really miss being able to pick up the twins. I've found two girls, "nannies" if you will, to help me during the week while Turtle is at work. It's super weird, in case you were wondering. I guess because I don't have anything to do?!? The girls love them. Essentially, I've become a true real housewife. I hate it. Glad I have found some good day time sitters for now though. 

I had a lot of insomnia and anxiety pre-surgery. Funnily enough, once surgery was over it was as if I had taken a permanent Xanax or something. I am still doing what I can around the house. I'm not completely helpless. I can't get my stitches out until Monday. Ermegahd my elbow is so very itchy. I only took three hydro codon pills the day of surgery (one the morning after). That stuff was starting to make me hallucinate. Flushing those crazy things. 

Things were relatively relaxed until yesterday morning when No. 1 woke up with a sore throat and vomiting. Since I have the "nanny" I was able to quickly whisk her out the door to the doctor and we received a negative strep culture test and a prescription for Zofran. Seriously? Zofran for a three year old. Even though we were vomit free for the rest of the day any medication that "May cause drowsiness" actually causes the opposite in No. 1. Leading me to believe next time my day would be better spent cleaning up vomit than dealing with a human pinball. Cross your fingers my favorite nanny will actually come back next week. 

True to my normal self I will be possibly violating doctors orders and taking a girls trip, with the twins, to Savannah. Yes, we are going to attempt to camp out at the beach Saturday.....with the twins. Good thing we are visiting Little A, the pharmacist, because she is bringing me cast covers to swelter in. Maybe it will shrink my arm? Single Gal was not sure she could come but 3 Putt said she she go because he was just going to have to take her out to dinner Saturday night and she might as well spend that in gas to come with us. Em is going to drive us in my van so I can rest my arm. I'm so excited this is happening. 

I should be a little more chin up next week after my post-op appointment with my doctor. Anxious to get back to the gym and start my PT. Sorry this was so long....starved for adult interaction this week maybe? I'm thankful we were able to find great help this week, our kids have been well taken care of and we have been well fed. I'm extremely thankful to have friends in my life who put up with me dragging my children on our girls weekends, even more so because I'm injured and can't fully care for them so they will. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: The Registry

I had to get my life together the last few weeks and get some wedding stuff done.  The florist has been paid in full, I finally got my last few Save the Date cards out, an address list out to my sister for our Friday night event pre-wedding, set a shower date, and I started our registry.  First -- let me say how much I love the age of the internet.  I set up a Macy's registry and linked it with the My Registry website without even getting up from the kitchen table. Amazing.  I think that it made it enjoyable.   I did decide to go with the "My Registry" website because I could pick and choose from a lot of different places and they all go to one main registry.  I like that a lot better than trying to find EVERYTHING at two stores.  

As far as the registry goes -- does anyone have any suggestions/things the wish they had registered for but they didn't? I am wanting to put some small home decor items on my list, fine china, and don't need a ton of kitchen/bar/glasses.  But then again maybe we should replace some things.  I'm just trying to really streamline this into stuff we really need and also want.  

I was agonizing over a china pattern for what seemed like forever but finally settled on Kate Spade Parker Place.  I really am into black and white and think it will allow me to just change out some salad and app plates later on if I feel bored with it or need a change. It's really hard to see in the pic but the accent color is mint for this set.    

We also made a cash fund because Matt cannot stop talking about wanting a Big Green Egg for the back yard to grill with.  

Even though our event is small it's exciting to think that people love you enough to get you a few nice things for the house.  

~the engaged gal~