Charleston: Day 1

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I am so excited to finally share with you our recent trip to Charleston! Since we have to many pictures I'm going to share them in different posts - I will give an overview of where we stayed and where we ate at the end of the final post.

Charleston is seriously my favorite city ever - I would love to live there one day. Thankfully, Stephen's best friend lives there so we were super excited when he was getting married there. Ultimately, this trip was for his wedding but we were able to squeeze in a lot of sightseeing.

Thursday, we were on the road by 6 am so we could make it into town for Stephen to have lunch with his friends and go hang out with them for the day. Like I shared on Friday, our first stop was Rainbow Row and immediately after parking, we saw and met Julia and Thomas! Talk about a great way to start a trip ;) After getting over that excitement, we checked out Rainbow Row before Stephen ran off with his friends to tour the USS Yorktown and I was on my own. I continued to walk around the streets near rainbow row before heading over to the Charleston City Market and King Street. I was glad I did King Street without Stephen because I could take my time and browse through all of the fun stores. I was able to find 2 cute shirts from H&M and a Vineyard Vines jacket for cheap :)

The bride was so sweet and asked me to join them to get their nails done! It was perfect because the salon was on King Street so I was able to finish up my shopping and walk over to the salon. I had a great time getting to know the bride, her sisters, mom and mother-in-law.

Super creep but since I didn't ask for a picture with Julia, there they are in the bottom left. I promise we didn't take this picture to get them in it

Later that night, I met back up with Stephen and we headed back downtown to eat dinner at Hominy. This is my favorite restaurant in Charleston because of their delicious southern food. We weren't too hungry so we split their veggie plate which was perfect for the two of us.

Their cheese grits are literally the best! 

Linking up with Jessi


Monday, March 20, 2017

Before I get into our weekend, I have to share that starting today, I am hosting a Spring giveaway over on my business's Instagram page! Be sure to swing by and enter for your chance to win a monogrammed hat!

We were so excited about this weekend because it was the first weekend Stephen didn't have to work in weeks, maybe months (he even worked most of the time we were in Charleston). We really wanted to go to Disney but we both had a lot of work to catch up on so we decided to lay low this weekend and get things done.

Friday night we had supper club which was a blast! We had a great time catching up and enjoyed walking down to the DQ in Cocoa Beach for ice cream after dinner. We decided to sleep in the next day and it was glorious! I woke up before Stephen and finished watched Allied since I didn't get to finish it on my flight home - I thought it was a really good movie that had you guessing until the end! The rest of Saturday, I worked on PPE orders while Stephen finished up our taxes [bless him]. Later in the evening, I ran some errands - I decided to return the pineapple painting I bought for our bathroom. I decided it didn't match and I'd rather spend a little more money for something that actually matched everything.

I finally remembered to put out our Easter flag

We are loving the time change - Stephen had time to grill out that night and he did a great job! We can't wait for more nights out on the back porch. After dinner, we settled in for a movie which I can't tell you the last time we watched a movie #worklife #downtownabbeyconsumedourlives We saw Passangers and thought it was a really good movie! 

Sunday, we did the usual and ran out of time to finish everything (what else is new?). We went to church, Publix, I did laundry, did some more embroidery, we went for a bike ride and I cut Stephen's hair. Thank goodness for that extra hour of sunlight ;)

We are so thankful for a restful, productive weekend. This week, I'm starting the Tone It Up 7 day slim down... I'm ready to lose those extra few pounds I've gained since the wedding!

Linking up with Biana

Five on Friday

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's been almost 2 weeks but I am back!! We've been doing lots of traveling the past few days - Charleston for a long weekend this past weekend and then the next morning after getting home, I flew out to Alexandria, LA for a power plant trip. I got home late Wednesday night and am so ready to get back to normal life - especially the healthy part of normal life. I am so tired of not eating healthy food and not working out.

Last Thursday we headed to Charleston for the weekend. One of Stephen's best friends was getting married that Saturday. It worked out perfectly with being able to see friends and being able to sight-see. So thankful they got married in my favorite city ;) I will do a full recap next week!

I did have a complete fan girl moment when we parked the car and I looked over and saw Julia and Thomas literally next to our car taking pictures! I freaked and ran over to say hi - I made it awkward because I didn't know what to say other than I love their stuff lol! They were so sweet and now I'm regretting not asking for a photo. Trip.Made.

So yeah, this dress was perfect until it continued to catch an updraft from the wind... not my best moments lol

Thursday, I spent most of my day browsing stores on King Street while Stephen was with the guys. I stumbled upon The OOPS! Co and was shocked to find perfectly fine Vineyard Vines clothes for cheap! I couldn't not get this adorable pull over for $40 - it retails for $125 and is on sale at Belk for $86. 

Sorry for the awk face lol

I've also been looking for a cute, structured off-the-shoulder top and have only been able to find them for $30+ which makes it hard for me to justify. I was so excited when I found a shirt at H&M and the price wasn't too bad. I ended up wearing it to dinner on our last night and loved it - Stephen even liked it too! I was able to find a pink version for only $13!!! I'm slightly annoyed I didn't see that in the store. I tried finding the one I got online but for some reason couldn't. It's exactly like the pink one, just navy and double the price - go buy the pink one right now! I also love this shirt if you don't like the off-the-shoulder look.

I also bought a button down tank top for only $10 which I thought would be perfect for summer nights! Unfortunately, I couldn't find that one online either :/

We got home from Charleston and the next morning, I turned around and hopped on a place for Louisiana. I've never been to LA before so this was a whole new experience. It was a good trip and for lunch one day, my customer took me to a genuine LA restaurant. Since I can't eat shellfish, I had to order the next best thing for LA - fried catfish. It was surprisingly really good and the sweet potato fries were to die for!

Some other fun work updates: last Monday was national Oreo day so we celebrated with all sorts of different types of Oreos! It was so much fun and everyone enjoyed the afternoon pick-me-up. One of the girls beat everyone and had 22 Oreos!

After getting back from my trip yesterday, I had a fun surprise on my desk - our newest brochures were delivered! These pictures taken last year when I went to Pittsburgh and I'm so glad they're finally done. I had to share the parts of the brochure I made it in... I really look like I know what I'm doing ;)

I am so excited to announce my first giveaway for PPE on Instagram for the first day of Spring! The giveaway will be announced and go live on Monday (March 20 - the first day of Spring) and run through Friday. Since I'm still figuring this giveaway thing out, I will only be hosting it on Instagram so be sure to follow Premium Pineapple Embroidery on Instagram for your chance to win!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! We are looking forward to Supper Club tonight and maybe a trip to Disney tomorrow... if Stephen doesn't have to work.


Monday, March 6, 2017

This weekend was pretty blah, especially when it comes to blogging about it but man, I was productive! Stephen had to work the whole weekend so I ended up checking off some pretty big things from my to-do list which feels amazing. I always hate it when he works but I love how productive I am when he's gone ;)

First off, I had to laugh because we had girls night on Thursday with some girls from the church and one of them brought henna. She is Indian and does this for various events - she's really good. It was so much fun getting my first henna tattoo - I'm still thrown off when I see it on my arm.

Mine is the circle one in the bottom right corner

Friday after work, I met up with my two BIL's and my SIL to celebrate my SIL's birthday. Unfortunately, Stephen couldn't make it because of work but we had a great time catching up. We ate at the new Whalburgers restaurant which was delicious then finished the night with bowling. I had to laugh when I got home because I noticed a lot of people seemed to go bowling on Friday on Snapchat.

Saturday, I slept in quite late then got ready and ran some errands. It was so nice, I took my time shopping and stayed out for quite some time - unfortunately, I didn't get much. If you saw on Snapchat, Stephen did approve my pineapple painting I picked up from Homegoods - I'll share that once we get it hung up. Once I got home, I got to work on finally painting our corn hole set we made at Christmas. I got the first coats done before ironing and making dinner while waiting on Stephen to come home. We went to bed pretty early Saturday night since Stephen was so tired from a long day of work.

Sunday Stephen had to go back into work so I got up with him and was able to accomplish so much in the morning. I ironed, listened to a sermon online, got a small workout in, finished 2 orders, did the laundry, vacuumed and finished up our corn hole boards. I was happy that Stephen got home late afternoon instead of late that night so he helped me paint the corn hole boards and we finally got to spend some time together. We love how the boards turned out and are so glad they're finally done!

Matching mother daughter hats

I'll get a better picture once they're dried

Like I said, it was a pretty boring weekend but so necessary and rewarding! I'll be off blogging for a little while after this - we're going to Charleston on Thursday for a wedding (send any recommendations my way!) and then the following Monday, I'm off to Louisiana for a business trip.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Linking up with Biana.