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Life Lately

Nov 24, 2014

31 days til Christmas.  Can you believe it??   I am itching to start decorating and put our tree up but Matt insists  I need to wait til after Thanksgiving.  I get it but seeing everyone’s trees up on instagram is making it hard!  I want white lights, and sparkles and lots of decorations now.

Life has been busy lately and I am sure it will stay that way til the end of the year!

My mom came in town the beginning of the week for a quick visit with her friend.  We enjoyed two fabulous meals at Indaco and Zao Bao Biscuit.  It was a quick visit but I always love spending time with my mom.

Denny Cardigan | Tee Shirt | Leggings | Glasses | Booties

Sterling and I stuffed and delivered our boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  I am trying hard to teach him not everyone is as fortunate as he is.   He doesn’t get it yet but I hope it will set in one day and traditions like these will help remind him what Christmas is about- giving.

I worked on my Thanksgiving Table Setting.  I will share my menu tomorrow.

 Napkins | Napkin Rings | Plates

Friday I went with Sterling’s class on a Field Trip to Middleton Plantation.  It was so fun, I had never been before.  If you have kids you should visit we had a blast!  It is just gorgeous out there.  It was so nice to have some one on one time with Sterling because that never happens these days.

The animals were our favorite part.  I could not get over how beautiful the peacocks where.  Just stunning in person and the colors were so vibrant.

This little guy is a Cashmere Goat and you guessed it that is where cashmere sweaters come from. He was so incredibly soft.

After the field trip we went to Trader Joes and picked up some Boxwood wreaths and a gingerbread house kit for Sterling.  I hung three on our front windows and love them.  Hoping they stay alive til Christmas!

and I am officially obsessed with the battery powered LED lights.  I found some at TJMaxx and stocked up, they are so awesome!

Saturday night we cooked homemade Big Macs and they were insanely good. Recipe is under Main Courses in the recipe tab.

This dress I ordered for some holiday events came in the mail and I really love it.

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 || Clover Canyon Enchanted Woodlands Dress

I planted a winter garden with kale and swiss chard I am so excited about!

I eat so much kale it will be nice to just go out back and pick it.

Sterling, oh Sterling.  He is such a handful these days and so exhausting but man he makes me smile.  Two favorite scenes from the week.  The first picture he came out dressed like this and said ” I am business Daddy on a work call.”   I could not stop laughing because he kept the same serious face expression and had no pants on. 

 and the second picture we had an impromptu dance party Friday night while we waited on Matt to get home.  Batman had some sweet moves. 

 You can see in this picture where our cabinet used to be that we had knocked down.  It is so awesome to have that space opened up into our dining room.  This week we are building built-ins around the fridge for more storage and then the cabinets will be painted.  I am looking for a great gray color any suggestions?

and this girl, she turns one tomorrow!!

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Have a fabulous Monday.  

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  1. A Manolescu says:

    Yes, I saw those boxwood wreaths at TJs and can't wait to get some after Thanksgiving!

    Happy birthday Miss Frances Moon šŸ™‚


  2. caycee says:

    So many good things in this post!!! And I cant believe you found those lights at TJ Maxx ugh I just bought some at Ballard Designs!!!!

  3. Jillian says:

    and now im craving burgers! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  4. If you want a darker gray, we just did Benjamin Moore's Dragon's Breath on our island cabinets! We also used it on all of our interior doors. A lighter gray we looked at was Fieldstone. Can't wait to see after pics!

  5. I did Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf in my butler's pantry and love it. You could see pic here:

  6. Meredith says:

    I love the business daddy look- too cute. We used Sherwin Williams Gauntlet gray on our kitchen island and interior doors. It is a really pretty gray. You can see it in my kitchen here:

  7. graywolff says:

    You Have To tell me how you a attached the wreaths. I'm planning to do the same but thought I'd have to suspend the ABOVE the Windows.

  8. Megan says:

    I can't believe F will be one tomorrow!! Wow that flew by!!

  9. graywolff says:

    You Have To tell me how you a attached the wreaths. I'm planning to do the same but thought I'd have to suspend the ABOVE the Windows.

  10. Aaryn Rubin says:

    Where did you get your runner from? I'm looking for one like that!

  11. Morgan Smith says:

    We did Operation Christmas Child this year too. It was fun to have my kids each fill a box {I helped Farrah alot with hers, lol}. Middleton Place is great, their petting zoo is awesome. Haven't been in years though, only my first son has been! HBD to Frances!

  12. Love doing operation Christmas child with my children. Our goal each year is to make the box shut after stuffing them.
    Your weekend looks so fun filled and accomplished a lot of great things. I am going to have to check at TJ Maxx for those lights love them and those delicious looking homemade BigMacs

  13. Kelly Otwell says:

    We used Benjamin Moore's Galveston Gray on our kitchen cabinets. It's really beautiful. Our main wall color is Revere Pewter and trim is White Dove. It all flows beautifully. If you google Veranda House of Windsor, you can see this paint scheme used in a Veranda Idea House that Gwyneth Paltrow bought.

  14. Val says:

    Happy Birthday Frances – where has the time gone? Sterlings personality shines through with every pic….so cute. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.