Apple Day

October 31st, 2014

My mom hosted our first annual “Apple Day” at her house. It was so cute! The house was decorated and the apple themed menu was nothing short of amazing!

We walked in, and the house spelled amazing! Gigi was making apple cider donuts as a starter. Turner was thrilled!


Mom had the pumpkin carving station set up for us while they cooked the apple cheddar burgers on the grill. We take pumpkin carving seriously in our family. Well, at least my brother and I do. Stew was on picture duty, and Turner isn’t quite old enough to enjoy it. He happily walked around eating Gigi’s food while we carved.

I’m a hard core pumpkin carver. I make it my mission to choose and execute the most complicated photo in those little books every year. I love the challenge. Ok…here we go!




We had such a fun day! The food and festivities were awesome! Turner definitely enjoyed himself. This has always been our favorite time of year, and enjoying it with Turner makes it even better!

Pumpkin Carving Party

October 26th, 2014

We’ve been throwing an annual pumpkin carving party for the past four years. Every year it’s a different crowd, but we always have SO much fun! I love to go all out with Halloween themed food and drinks. It’s one of my favorite festivities to plan for!

I used Pinterest a ton to help with food ideas. I’ll link to the recipes I used. Some of them I changed up a bit.

Here’s our menu with pictures!
Mummy Dogs

Ghost Pizzas” (basic pizza but with ghost shaped cheese and ketchup used for eyes)

Graveyard Dip” (I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream)

Witches Fingers” (I used candy corn instead of almonds)

Mini Caramel Apples Make sure you DRY off the cut apples before dipping, otherwise the caramel will slide off. Lesson learned!

Vampire Cocktail

So, I would post pictures of our pumpkin masterpieces, but we didn’t quite get to carving. When I asked if everyone was ready to carve, they just preferred sitting around eating and drinking. I’ll take that as a compliment!! Another successful (almost) pumpkin carving party. Happy Halloween!

Momma: ONE, Hand-Foot-Mouth Virus: ZERO

October 16th, 2014

Well, to date, this has been the worst illness yet! Sunday night, I noticed that Turner was feeling a bit warm. I gave him some Tylenol before bed and he slept like a champ. Monday morning, he woke up at 5:30am talking to himself, “HI! HI! HI!”. I went to get him and noticed that he had a few red spots around his mouth. I didn’t worry too much because he gets those from time to time no doubt from the globs of peanut butter that he shoves in his face.

As the day went on, I noticed MORE blisters and spots on his mouth, hands, and bottom. Could it be…. Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Virus?! Sure enough, by nighttime, he was covered.


His bottom was actually the worst part! I’ll spare you the rest of my gory photos. But I WILL tell you the steps I took to help soothe my poor baby’s discomfort. I’m not quite sure what helped, but in order to feel in control of an out-of-control-situation, I had to do something.

I gave him an Aveeno Oatmeal Bath every morning and night.

I also kept his diaper off as much as possible. I actually used disposable diapers instead of his cloth diapers because they seemed to be a little looser. The nurse told me to keep the blisters as dry as possible. Therefore, we spent a lot of time playing outside, naked. Well, Turner was naked. I kept my clothes on for fear of my neighbors calling the cops.

He wasn’t eating, so I did lots of smoothies and Frozen Yogurt. The Fro-Yo definitely worked. I also mixed 2.5mL of Benadryl with 2.5 mL of Mylanta. I mixed them together and gave it to him in a syringe. The Benadryl decreases inflammation and the Mylanta helps coat the throat. That’s what my doctor recommended. I’m definitely not a doctor, so don’t take my word for it! I just gave him a dose of that before bed.

He slept okay at night. He would just cry every so often but wouldn’t actually wake up. His naps were non-existent the past 3 days, which resulted in my having a mental breakdown yesterday around 12:30pm when I realized that would be the longest afternoon of my life. Turner grabbed my face and willed me out of my misery.

Today, while he’s still grumpy and covered in blisters, he seems better. He slept until 8am and took an hour long nap. He actually ate breakfast and drank his water which was a major improvement.


I realize I’m not out of the woods yet. But I also realize that this virus can’t take me! Not today hand-foot-mouth virus, not today.

The Pumpkin Patch

October 5th, 2014

Boone Hall is the local farm right by our house. They grow lots of different fruits and veggies, and we always go to pick whatever is in season. Of course, October is pumpkin time! I’ve been going to this pumpkin patch for probably 10 years. In faaaaact, here is a picture of me and my college roommates searching for the great pumpkin!

And here is a picture at the same pumpkin patch when I was extremely pregnant!

And this one is from last Halloween.

Ok, I’ve made my point. Back to the present. This visit was great, because Turner actually knew what was going on. He had SO much fun! He loved running around and touching all of the pumpkins.


Well, actually, it was a little more difficult than last year, when I plopped him in the middle of a few pumpkins and took a bunch of pictures. This year it was more like, Stew chased him around while I searched for the perfect pumpkins and loaded them into the vacant stroller. Other parents admired my genius.

Boone Hall does such a great job with their pumpkin patch! I am a picture fanatic, so we took advantage of all of the different photo ops!




We came home and put Turner down for his nap. I decorated the porch with my new treasures while Stew did some work in the yard.

Have I mentioned that I love fall!?

It’s Beginning to Look Like Halloween

October 3rd, 2014

I can’t believe it’s October! Time is flying. I’m still debating on a Halloween costume for Turner. I’m between ideas. But now that I have less than a month, I better get on it!

In the meantime, we’re starting to celebrate the season. We have our fall candles out and our pumpkin and apple treats baked. We even went to the library to get some Halloween books! This weekend we’ll decorate the house, get some mums, and go pick pumpkins!

Gigi was in the spirit too. She came over to babysit and brought Turner a few festive goodies!

He was super excited to get his very own pumpkin which Ellie ate approximately 37 minutes later.

She also brought some books and clothes for when the weather starts to cool down!

I’m so excited for fall and the holiday season! Every year gets better and better. The best is yet to come!

Jeni’s Ice Cream

September 28th, 2014

Stew and I went out for Dinner Friday night. It’s been a while since we’ve been out together, so we did it up! We went downtown and started the night at Proof for a martini for me and bourbon for him.

After a drink, we walked down the street to Union Provisions. This restaurant is pretty new. I loved the location, right on King Street! It has these giant windows, so there is some great people watching to be had. The food was delicious too! They have small plates, so we ordered a few and shared.

And for the main event, we ended the night with Jeni’s ice cream!!!


First of all, if you’re feeling bad about yourself, go and see Ryan. He will make you feel like a movie star! He gave us a ton of samples! AND, he told me I was “very pretty”. I’m almost positive he’s not into girls, but I’ll take it!

I went for a mix of chocolate peanut butter and coffee ice cream with a drizzle of hot fudge. YUM!

Such a fun night and much needed! Charleston has the best food and is one of my favorite places ever! I’m so glad I live here.

Superhero Madness

September 25th, 2014

My bestest friend just happens to be obsessed with all things comic books! I’ll be honest, I don’t know a darn thing about them. But I’m willing to learn. He actually made Turner the cutest 16×20 superhero collage (sold HERE) mounted on canvas AND a garbage can. He hand picks the comic books, cuts out each superhero, and mounts them on the canvas or garbage can to make a collage! When I saw them I was amazed!





Since then, he’s made a bunch and has sold them at a local market by his house. I just thought they were too cool not to share. So, here I am sharing! Today, he opened an Etsy Shop where he has listed a few of his recent projects. He will even do custom orders. This one is for all of your superhero lovers out there!

Fall is Here!

September 24th, 2014

It seems like we went from summer to fall overnight. I love the warm weather, but this is my favorite time of year! I love the cozy clothes and food. I’ve been eating pumpkin everything the past few days. I even made a few different soups this week!

Turner loves it too. It’s nice and cool in the mornings, but it warms up to the 80s in the afternoon. He wants to go outside every chance he can get, “SIDE SIDE”.

I was even able to bust out some new fall clothes I got him!

I love this age. We’ve gotten into a nice little routine. In the mornings, we go to the gym and Turner plays in the little daycare there. He LOVES going to the gym. When we get home, we have lunch and then Turner takes his nap. He’s transitioned to one nap a day. It was a slow process. He could probably still nap twice a day. He’s now able to stay awake until about 12 and naps till about 2. That’s my chunk of time to get A TON of work done. After nap, we either go for a walk or play outside or in the office while I get some more work done.

Stew gets home around 5 or 6. Then it’s dinner, a walk, and bath-time. Turner loves to read stories before bed. He goes straight to his rocking chair after his bath for a little reading and snuggling. Stew and I have alternated the rocking and reading part since he was born. I love it because it has helped Turner go to sleep without always needing Mama!

I can’t get enough snuggles and kisses with Turner. He just gets better with age! I definitely have my times where I need a break, but I love spending my days with this little guy!

Pumpkin Spice “Donut Holes”

September 20th, 2014

Usually, by the time August comes around, I’m completely over summer and already pulling out my fall decorations. This year has been a little different. I haven’t been in a rush for “what’s next” like I usually am. I’m definitely in love with the stage Turner is in right now. He’s hilarious and non-stop, so I’m not trying to wish anything away! I actually wish time could stand still.

Last night seemed to be the turning point for me. I spent the night at Starbucks while Stew hosted a poker game with his friends, and I was enjoying the cooler weather that seemed to just appear out of nowhere! I sipped on my Salted Caramel Mocha and played around on Pinterest. Everything I came across was hinting towards cooler weather: dark nail polish, chunky sweaters, and pumpkin everything! It definitely got me into the fall spirit!

This morning, we had a slow start to the day which allowed me time to bake a little fall treat. I love everything apple and pumpkin-spice! So I made a healthier version of pumpkin spice donut holes. I swapped out the flours and baked them instead of frying. They were absolutely delicious! I had to take a second to share them with you!


Pumpkin Spice "Donut Holes"
A healthy spin on pumpkin-spice donuts!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  3. 3/4 cup almond meal
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1/8 tsp ground clove
  8. 2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  11. 1/2 cup milk
  12. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  13. 1 egg
  14. 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  15. 1/3 cup coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
  16. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  17. Cinnamon Sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly coat a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a standing mixer, combine flours, spices, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, brown sugar, egg, applesauce, oil and vanilla.
  4. With the mixer on low, pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop to place batter evenly in muffin tray.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Labor Day at the Beach

September 1st, 2014

I LOVE Labor Day! I definitely don’t want to see summer go, but I’m starting to look forward to fall. Every year, around this time, I get SUPER excited for all things fall… cool nights, apple cider, apple picking, leggings and boots, and comfort food! It’s even more exciting since Turner’s been born. It means time to think of Halloween costumes and plan his birthday party! But, before we wish this summer away, we will continue to enjoy it while we can.

I had to go out to Dewees Island on Friday and Saturday to check some renters in, so we didn’t get much family time. But we DID celebrate yesterday. We went to church in the morning, then came home for nap time, then hit the beach! Surprisingly there was NO traffic! I was hesitant to go to the beach for fear of spending more time in the car than on the beach. Not the case!


Turner’s favorite part was throwing wet sand all over the place. He was cracking himself up! I’ll take that over him eating it like last summer!


I love holidays with our little munchkin. He makes them so much more exciting! He definitely helps me live in the moment and not wish time away! Happy Labor Day!