Five on Friday

Friday, September 22, 2017

It's been one busy week! I've been in Charlotte, NC all week but came home last night... now I just need to get through the work day

One of the benefits of business travel to Charlotte has been all of the delicious food! (I swear at some point, I've got to get back into exercising lol!) After flying in on Monday, I ran to Mod Pizza before my meetings and got a delicious pizza... thought I'd only eat half of it but nope; it was all gone.

Then for dinner that night, I went out to Cowfish with some co-workers and had my first Cowfish bento box and it did not disappoint! Now we need one in our area... or maybe not ;)

The next day I snagged a acai bowl and an amazing chopped salad for dinner

Our big customer event for our conference this week was at Hendrick Motor Sport. I'm not going to lie, I could've cared less about going to this place since I'm not into cars or racing but once they took us into the garage, I thought it was so cool! We got to see one of the cars get loaded for a race this weekend in NH. After the garage tour, they took us to see Rick Hendrick's private care collection and oh my word... none of us could believe what we saw. Literally every 001 VIN number Chevy along with multiple other old, restored cars and brand new sports cars. He also had this whole "mini" town replica of places that meant something to him. It was the craziest thing and it was so hard to follow the no photo rule.

My interest was also spiked when I realized his son was the same Ricky that Emily Maynard was with before he passed away from a plane crash. I couldn't believe it but of course, no one knew who I was talking about when I mentioned her... men... lol

After the private tour, we had the most amazing dinner - a delicious salad I forgot to get a picture of, steak and the best sea bass I've ever had and risotto.

After seeing this season's lineup of Dancing with the Stars, I knew I wanted to at least watch the season premier. So far, it looks really good and I'll definitely try to watch the rest of the season! I'm thinking Lindsey Stirling is going to be a top contender this round. Also, who's also super pumped for This is Us starting Tuesday!?!?!?!!?

IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF FALL!!! I am so excited (and have been) for fall but now it's officially here - although let's be real, it won't be "fall" here until January lol Last fall we were so busy I don't think I made 1 fall goodie; I'm going to have to make sure that's not the case this year. One pumpkin recipe that's always a hit, Christina's Pumpkin Dip - every time I make that, people rave about it!

We are super excited because tomorrow, we're having a big Disney day with our friends - who haven't been before!! They're cashing in on our friends and family deal with our passes and we're going all out tomorrow. It's going to be a long day but it'll be a lot of fun :)

If y'all haven't seen, I'm hosting a giveaway over on my Premium Pineapple Instagram Page for my first anniversary!! Also, if you've ordered from me before, post a picture on Instagram and tag us in it for 20% off your next order!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Life Lately

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Since I'm all thrown out of wack after Irma, a life lately post was due! Last Thursday, my SIL called to see if my niece and her could stay the night with us. We were so looking forward to spending time with them and getting to hang out with our niece. We had so much fun just hanging out, eating dinner, going on a walk and watching 101 Dalmatians!

The sweetest!!

After reading all of her books, Siena found my manners book ;)

Look at that sweet face ready for a movie!

We went out for lunch on Friday to our favorite trendy, Vietnam restaurant. Of course, I overindulged in my chicken bowl but it was worth every bite ;)

Friday was our first night without guests so what did we do? We went to Target so check out the Threshold sales ;) If you haven't heard by now, Target is getting rid of their Threshold line and slowly, all of their items are supposed to go on major sale. I've been told the stores will have different things on sale but we found some good stuff! We got this lamp for only $17! We will definitely be keeping our eyes out for more sales. After spending wayy too much time in Target, we came home and ate dinner then watched a documentary about one of the wealthiest guys on the internet. It was quite interesting! 

The next morning I went to breakfast with one of my friends to the new First Watch which was decorated so cute! The food was delicious and I can't wait to go back. That night, Stephen grilled us some amazing food. Sometime, I'll have to share the recipe for these out of this world smoked potatoes. 

Sunday after church, we went to lunch with our friends which was so nice getting to catch up after all the craziness lately. And of course, we didn't get the things we actually needed from Target so we went back after lunch and had to get these apple pie Oreos... they legit taste like a fall candle. They're so good!! We also picked up a new puzzle because we're goobers and can't wait to get working on it! If only I had remembered those for during the hurricane lol

We were supposed to have one of our biggest conferences of the year last week at Disney, which I was so looking forward to but Irma had to go and ruin it. She also ruined our first big cookout with all of our friends last Saturday. Even though I'm in Charlotte this week, I'm thankful I had a month off from traveling which gave me time to recover from all of the spring and summer travel I had been doing. I'm also glad this current trip has me in a place where there's actually fall ;)

Linking up with Annie

Fall Decor

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I figured since I was cleaning the house and putting things back into place after the hurricane last week, I might as well go ahead and decorate for fall ;) I love all of the little touches of fall throughout the house and the smell of fall candles burning. I love collecting new things every year during the end of season sales! (Sorry for the bad lighting - I took the pictures while our windows were still boarded up)

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I'm really enjoying the cooler weather in Charlotte! Linking up with Jessi


Monday, September 18, 2017

I wanted to blog about Hurricane Irma for quite some time now but we had guests every night for a week (Friday night was our first night with the house to ourselves) so I didn't have time to talk about our hurricane adventure. First off, I want to thank everyone who messaged or texted us to find out how we were doing and send prayers. It was so thoughtful and we felt so loved. Also, the power of prayer really works - the storm changed course countless times but through it all, the Lord protected us and kept us calm.

Saturday, we saw the beginning of the storm start to come through so our friend came and stayed with us since he was in an evacuation zone (long story but his wife was out of state and his flight to join her got cancelled the day before) and we hunkered down. Thankfully, we had quite some time to prepare so Stephen was able to help board up 3 houses, including ours, so we didn't feel as rushed as we did with Matthew. Saturday was low key, lots of wind and rain but nothing too crazy so we watched movies, ran around outside while we still could, I baked and the boys played video games.

Sunday was go time. The wind started picking up so we stayed indoors and played board games and video games. The worst of it was that evening/night. It sounded so awful - definitely worse than Matthew. Throughout the night, we kept hearing branches hit the roof and thinking it was our oak tree out back falling on the roof. We started to see some small leaks in the roof but thankfully, it was from the vents and not the roof coming apart. It was an intense night but thankfully the Lord got us through and once the eye was beyond us around 2 am, it wasn't as crazy outside so we were able to get some sleep. I seriously can't believe that our power didn't go out until 12:30 am Monday morning and then it came back on at 5 am - our street is seriously on the best grid!

After sleeping for a few hours, we decided to go outside Monday morning so assess the damage. We literally couldn't believe that we didn't see any big roof damage (we still need to get it inspected to verify) and there were no trees on the house! There was definitely a lot more debris down than Matthew but no body's house was damaged!! The Lord truly protected us. There were breaks in the main water line for our county so we didn't have water for a few hours. We decided to stay inside for a few more hours since it was still windy. After lunch, we walked a few streets to see the damage then started the clean up the yard. Thankfully, we only lost water for a few hours so we could shower but we couldn't drink it for a few days. The next few days, we cleaned up the outside and checked out friends' houses and helped them clean up as well.

This was the biggest area of debris. Thankfully, the magnolia didn't fall so now we're trying to pull it back into place

Since we were already doing a lot of cutting, I decided it was time to finally give our front bushes a good trim lol Everything looked so clean after all of the yard work!!

This plant got the worst of the wind and so I had to basically cut the whole thing down

We both went back to work on Wednesday which was difficult to do but we were thankful we were able to clean up the yard before going back. A few of our friends lost power for a few days after the hurricane so we were more than happy to have them stay with us until their power came back on. I'm so glad we had power and was able to help them out :) 

For now, we are enjoying getting things back to normal for only the past few days ;) Today, I left for a week long business trip to Charlotte and it seems that there's 2 more tropical storms in the Atlantic that could hit us so we'll see... Probably shouldn't have taken down all the plywood just yet ;)

Linking up with Biana

Hurricane Irma

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Well, I had a few post ideas lined up for this week but looks like we're having ourselves a hurricane in a few days! I didn't take this storm seriously until yesterday and then it was like, crap, it's not going back out to the Atlantic. Everything is a mess and people are panicking since it's going to be such a bad storm and the devastation from Harvey was so great. All of the water and plywood is already sold out but thankfully, it's so far ahead of time we should be able to get things restocked before it hits.

Keep all of us in your prayers and let's hope it either turns away or isn't as strong when it hits. I'll be taking some time off to get prepared for the storm and depending on the damage, maybe after the storm as well.

In the meantime, these memes had me laughing!

Linking up with Jessi

Labor Day Weekending

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

We were so thankful for the long weekend and even though we only had plans on Saturday, we were able to get a ton of things done the rest of the weekend - definitely a labor day on Monday ;) Needless to say, there were a lot of things to get done and we're glad we were at home and able to get them done.

Friday, I worked on some PPE after work, we ate Pub subs for dinner and then watched Baywatch before bed - it ended up being just okay, it was pretty silly.

Saturday, we slept in and before heading to Disney, we stopped by our friends' house to support their kids' lemonade stand to benefit Houston. It was such a cute stand and we loved being able to pop in to see them :) Afterwards, we were off to Epcot for our first Food and Wine Festival visit of the year. It was crowded but we loved getting to try some of the new foods they had this year!

These guys were so good and fun to watch!

I seriously don't know how I grew up in Florida and yet every year, I get weaker and weaker in the heat lol I felt so bad until it got overcast then I was like a whole new person!

Loaded Mac N Cheese

Ahi Tuna

Pot stickers and duck bao bun

Charcuterie in a cone

Salmon BLT sushi

Almost the minute after we got our last dish, it started raining. Thankfully, it wasn't a hard rain so we decided to head over to Magic Kingdom to finish out our evening. We really only wanted to see the fall decorations (okay, that was me), use our 1 fastpass and get a dole whip but once it stopped raining, we decided to hang around for the fireworks. We watched them from the back of the park so we were able to scoot as soon as they were over and not wait in the longest lines ever. 

We made a pit stop to the dance party before watching the fireworks ;)

Sunday we went to church and then one of our friends' came by to advice us on my business and the next steps we should take. We were so thankful for his advice and hopefully within the next year, we'll be doing some big things! The rest of the day we worked on getting things done around the house and then started Despicable Me 3 but we didn't get very far before Stephen fell asleep.

Monday, we slept in and then I got to work on a bunch of embroidery items while Stephen did a lot of car work. I finally tried out Sheaffer's recommendation on how to cut a blanket scarf and it worked!! I love how my scarf turned out and wanted to add a monogram that wasn't super prominent... it ended up being hidden because the blacks blended so well lol

Later that afternoon, we scotch-guarded all of our kitchen chairs and then ran out to shoot some pictures for an upcoming milestone for PPE :) Overall, it was a really productive weekend! Now, we're lying in wait to see what this new hurricane is going to do... pray that it goes back into the Atlantic and no one is affected!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as well!! Linking up with Biana