We’ve had some serious weather yo-yoing over the past couple of weeks. One day I’m breaking out the skirts, the next I’m afraid to step three feet away from the space heater.

Even though the weather is giving us some wonderful hints of spring, the house is still in the winterized state. I’ve opted for natural elements that are a little bit “frosted” to celebrate the season. (I use the term celebrate loosely. In reality, I’m counting down the days until spring.)

Wax pinecones in the entry. My dad and I made these when I was 11 or so, and I’m glad that I was able to steal them spruce up the hoosier cabinet.

Winter dishes and sparkly placemats. I love that I can use these for several months, but I’m also looking forward to putting them away after next week- after being without my Emma dishes for so long, I’m starting to miss them! 

A snowy scene next to the TV. The nice thing about the gray/blue of the toolbox is that it fits right in with both winter and spring- “icy blue” or “robin’s egg”.

For now, we’re gearing up to enjoy a couple of days of what looks to be beautiful weather. Happy weekend!

stylish swapping

Spring is in the air. With the weather warming up, dreams of spring cleaning have been dancing in my head. I know that sounds strange, but I love going through our old stuff and getting rid of things we no longer use- it frees up space and just helps me breathe a little bit easier.
As a super fun way of kick-starting my spring cleaning, last night I had so much fun attending my first ever clothes swap! The event was hosted by my sweet friend Jess for the girls in our community group, and it was a great success!

Jess put together some delicious desserts for the evening together. Of course, this was after our husbands picked up take-out from Raleigh Times. I may not suggest stuffing your face the way I did before preparing to try on tons of clothes, but it was worth it.

We put out baskets along the wall and labeled them with general categories (small, medium, large), as well as more specific sizes we thought would correspond to each. Shoes were laid out further down the hall, and accessories and jewelry were displayed on the kitchen table.

I have to admit, when going through my clothes for the swap, I was pretty nervous. I tend to hang on to things until they are either a)on their last leg or b) outdated by about a decade. There were some things that I put into my basket that I wasn’t sure anyone would ever want. Much to my surprise, people were really excited about some of the things, and they looked great on them! I love how the swap gave new life to things that were really just taking up space in closets.

I snagged several great sweaters and shirts, some accessories, and two pairs of shoes. So exciting! I’m already wearing one of the things I got today, and I can’t wait to put the others to use. Once everyone was done making their selections, Zach and I bagged up the leftovers and have plans to drop them off at Goodwill this weekend.
Overall, the night was really fun. It was so much fun to look through all of the goodies, and it was a great opportunity to hang out and catch up. I definitely recommend it!

mrs. cosby called

She wants her shirt back.

Edited to add: I mean Mrs. Huxtable, duh. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Abby. :)

image via Anthropologie

Seriously, Anthro? You would like for people to pay $128 real dollars for this? My mind is kind of blown right now.

On the other hand, if you would like to ship one of these over to my house this afternoon, I’d be more than ok with that.

image via Anthropologie



Tonight is our school’s annual silent auction/dance/generally fun shindig. Even though it’s work, we always have fun seeing former students and bidding on items for our school (I got Zach a football autographed by all of the Panthers a few years ago and saved it for Christmas- super great Christmas present). And of course there are always circles of kids gathering to see this:

Yep. He’s got skills.


Our Valentine’s Day was pretty amazing. Nothing over the top, just…wonderful.

I actually got part of my first present a few weeks ago, when Zach got me a Groupon (love it!) to Stitch, a local shop that sells handmade purses and other goodies. I had big plans to buy a clutch, but when we went on Monday, they were sold out of the style I had been wanting. Even though I was a little disappointed, it gave me more time to dream up some fun color combinations (I love that they do custom orders!) They’re supposed to give me a call once things are restocked, so I’ll be sure to share pictures once I get it.

Continuing with the local gift trend, I got Zach some chocolate bars from Esaczu, which are produced in Raleigh. Our favorite is the Beaufort Bar (dark chocolate and sea salt). Crazy good. I also got him Braveheart on blu-ray, but I guess that’s not really local. Even though Zach think’s he’s Scottish, so maybe that counts for something.
After Stitch, we headed to the Fresh Market for one of my favorite ways to spend a date night- takeout from the deli. I got Honey Lemon Bowtie Pasta (yum) and Loaded Baked Potato Salad (good, not great). Zach got sushi, crab dip, and some fancy bread. I think he was trying to ensure that I wouldn’t steal any of his food. I’m not a seafood fan.

As we were walking out of Fresh Market, enjoying the amazingly beautiful weather, smelling nearby Char-Grill on the breeze, Zach turned to me and said, “Hey, wanna get Five Guys?” Whaaa? TWO meals?
Of course I went into a list of why that was crazy talk and we couldn’t save our fancy shmancy Fresh Market for the day after Valentine’s Day, but he convinced me. Not that it takes a lot of effort when french fries are involved.

Also, did I mention this is spirit week at school? Monday was fan day. Nothing says love like a little Wolfpack red.
We went home, put the Fresh Market stuff in the fridge, and sat on the porch enjoying the greasy goodness that is Five Guys.
And then we followed it up by watching the Bachelor. Yep. I know I’m being judged right now. But it is so entertaining! Seriously. Like yelling at the TV entertainment. Very romantic.

happy valentine’s day

I’m not big on holiday-themed decor, but I did manage to make this to festivify (yep, made it up) our house a little today. Tutorial here. I’m still debating about the extra yarn at the end- I make take some scissors to it before the day is over.

And just in case you were wondering, yep. Valentine’s Day is way more fun when you get to celebrate it at school. Serious sugar coma happening over here.

hello, rainbow

A few weeks ago when Zach was out of town, I decided to brave the world of solo yard sale shopping. Even though I didn’t have tons of success, I was able to get my hands on something that I had been wanting to buy for a while (and had been willing to pay full price for- love it when that happens!).
You may remember seeing from my birthday pictures that my fantastic husband bought me these:

My immediate thoughts after opening this gift were: 1) How did he know I wanted this? 2) Who cares? Hooray!! 3) Oh man, I need to get some embroidery floss.
Much to my delight, during my Saturday morning expedition, I found these boxes full of the most beautiful rainbow of thread I think I’ve ever laid eyes on. They were marked at $5 apiece, which seemed pretty reasonable, but I couldn’t understand why the big plastic drawer full of boxes was marked the same price as some of the individual boxes, so I asked the man working the sale. He told me that he thought the whole group should have been marked $6…I still have no idea how he came to that conclusion based on the price tags, but I’m so glad he did! So I happily skipped away to the payment lady (who was not too thrilled about his decision making), and loaded them into my car. Now this bunch of happiness is waiting for me in the craft room:

I. can’t. wait.

Happy weekend!