Holiday Card Inspiration + Minted Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This post was sponsored by Minted. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

I saw something on social media the other day... you know the usual "this many Fridays until Christmas" kind of thing and my jaw dropped. I have so little time to get my act together!

The moment we get home from Hawaii, you'll find me frantically searching for coordinating outfits and crossing my fingers our unpredictable toddler responds well to my bribes during our family photo session.

Thankfully that's the hardest part, because I've already narrowed down some of my favorite Minted holiday cards! Our photos always come out so clear with Minted, which is one of the main reasons I love them! If you're paying for a photo session, the last thing you want is a grainy image on your holiday cards.. right?! Plus the quality is so, so good.

I like to look for cards before our photo session in case there is a design I really like, that way the photographer can tailor a pose around that, but Minted also has a Find it Fast option which lets you upload your image and see it in all of the holiday card thumbnails. I used that last year and it was so helpful!

Here are a few of my absolute favorites from Minted's new collection! All of these have different wording options if you are looking for a more general "Happy Holidays" message.

This year I'm obviously loving all of the white backgrounds and pretty greenery. I'm usually drawn towards the script designs but I think it's going to be tough to talk me out of the Wintertide card.

I admit I can get a little carried away with the pretty add-ons for each of the cards between the foil pressed print, shapes, and backer options but the free Recipient Address Assistant is a MUST. Seriously who has time to write all of that out these days?! You can also use the Buy Now, Personalize Later option so you don't miss any of their good promos going on like their current 15% off orders over $150 or 10% off orders of $100 deal. 

I cannot wait to wrangle my toddler for photos and see how they come out this year! In the meantime if anyone has already done family photos with their toddler and has some tips or tricks to getting them to cooperate, do share! Have you picked out your holiday cards yet?

Now the fun part, head on over HERE to enter to win one of TWO (!) generous $125 Minted credits for your holiday cards this year! It's super easy, all you have to do is enter your name and email address and you're set.

Giveaway is only open to U.S residents. You have until 11:59 PM on November 11 to enter! 
Good luck!

Guest Bedroom Reveal + Annie Selke Giveaway!

Monday, October 17, 2016

This post was sponsored by Annie Selke as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I'm so excited to finally share our guest room makeover! This room has come such a long way after this post... we painted the tan walls, added beautiful white bedding with lots of texture, and hints of Charleston to make it feel welcoming for our family and friends.

While I've always loved our farmhouse metal bed and antique dresser (which was originally in Rowan's nursery here), I think I'm most excited about the bedding. Between the bright white, subtle ruffles on the duvet, and textured coverlet, the style and comfort-level is exactly what I was looking for in this room.

When I saw this ruffled duvet in the Annie Selke catalog I knew I had to have it for this room! It picks up the farmhouse style without being too frilly.

I'm still not sure if I want to put a curtain up on that awkward window or not, but this is definitely the layout that makes the most sense in this room!

The coverlet and euro shams are so soft and add some texture to the bedding. I also added DIY watercolor floral pillows, made from a cloth napkin, and added some tassels to the striped lumbar pillow which I already had.

This Anne Selke peony candle makes the room smell amazing! I don't think I've ever had a candle make the whole room smell this good without lighting it.

I love this room so much, I can't help spending time in it now! The light is amazing and with the white bedding its the brightest room in our house. And thankfully we finished just in time for a visit from Grandma while we head to Hawaii!

If you're looking for new bedding, I highly recommend the Annie Selke brand. You've probably already heard about Dash & Albert, but Annie Selke's other companies like Pine Cone Hill are some of the top brands for bedding and home decor.

Though the price is on the higher end, its so worth it for the quality! Plus if you sign up for the Annie Selke email newsletter here you can get 15% off of your first order!

Or enter below to enter for a chance to win one of 3 Annie Selke gift cards, each valued at $500! You have until October 25th to enter, good luck friends!

Annie Selke Giveaway

Best Restaurants in Charleston

Thursday, October 13, 2016

You guys I loved reading all of your comments and emails about the first part of my Charleston series, I'm SO glad it was helpful for so many!

If you know me, you know I love food. Luckily we live in a foodie town so the biggest problem we have is deciding whether to go to our favorite spot or trying something new. We've lived in Charleston over 2 years now and I still have a list of restaurants I want to try!

I should warn you, I'm not a fan of oysters or grits (Gasp! I know, my Southern friends are disowning me right now), but I'll tell you where all of the locals like to go if that helps!

Whatever you do, make sure you try anything with pimento cheese, friend green tomatoes, and She Crab Soup!

Also I have never once received a free meal or been paid to blog about these places, just thought that was important to point out!

Upper Charleston
Taco Boy - Love this place and the atmosphere! Can't go wrong with any of the tacos and I have to get the Mexican Street Corn every time.  
Edmund's Oast - Unique, delicious menu, awesome outdoor seating, and great drink menu. One of my favorites once the weather cools down!
Butcher & Bee - They just opened a new location and its so much bigger, which is great because the place is always packed! Great stop for lunch, check their social media for the menu each day.
Hominy Grill - Be ready for a wait if you go for brunch on the weekends but its worth it! The 'Charleston Nasty' is my favorite chicken and a biscuit with gravy in the city.

Sugar Bakeshop - Best cupcakes in the city! And super cute place I might add.

King Street 

The Darling Oyster House - I can't speak for the oysters but I've heard this is one of the best places to get them! I like the hush puppies, kale slaw and fry baskets.
Monza - My favorite wood fired pizza! Insider tip: if they have a wait, get a beer at the place next door called Closed for Business (Monza has more wine) and you can bring it into Monza with you if you're name is called.
HoM - Love their burgers and relaxed atmosphere if you have a wild toddler!
Indaco - Definitely a favorite for Italian food in downtown Charleston. My favorite is their burrata for an appetizer and pizza with brussels sprouts for dinner.
The Ordinary - Ah this place is just so, so pretty on the inside! I've only been for drinks but can't wait to go back for dinner. Oyster fans will love it. Make a reservation ASAP.

Jeni's Ice Cream - The most unique ice cream flavors and so good!
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit - This is a tiny little place and easy to miss on King Street but the line out the door will help you find it. Love their specials but the ham biscuit is so good too! Open late if you aren't old and in bed by 9 PM like we are.

Lower King-ish

Poogan's Porch - My FAVORITE of all time. We take all of our visitors here, in fact once we went for dinner and then brunch the next day. Items to try: chicken and waffles, french toast with berries and pecans, mac and cheese, scallops with pimento cheese ravioli, and pimento BLT. Told you I love pimento cheese!

Eli's Table - Love this spot for brunch and their courtyard is great if the weather is nice!
Queen Street Grocery - I don't go here enough but their sandwiches and paninis are so good. Perfect quick lunch or take it to go for a picnic.

Old Market area

Magnolia's - Upscale Southern food, you really can't go wrong. This is one of my favorite spots during Restaurant Week! Alternatively try out High Cotton if you're looking to recreate a scene from the Notebook.
Caviar and Bananas - They have a few locations but there is one inside the Old Market if you're looking for a quick coffee, pastries, or sandwiches.
5Church - I've only been here for brunch but it was really good and its a great spot if you're in the area.

Just Outside of Charleston

Tavern & Table - We have been to T&T several times and I have never been let down, plus the restaurant looks like JoJo from Fixer Upper came in and worked her magic. It's on the water in Shem Creek so at least stop for a cocktail during happy hour!
Vickery's - This place doesn't look like much on Shem Creek but there is something for everyone. I get the Crab Cake salad with white vinaigrette dressing every.single.time.
The Obstinate Daughter - This charming place is on Sullivan's Island and books up fast so make a reservation ASAP. I recommend the homemade ricotta gnocchi for dinner.
Beardcats Sweet Shop - This is on the first floor below the Obstinate Daughter so its a great spot for dessert after dinner! Love their homemade gelato (red velvet gelato.. yes please!) and ice cream sandwiches!

(P.S. Mamas- there is a really great park near the Obstinate Daughter and Beardcats, great for letting your toddler run off some energy!)

Restaurants still on my list? Fig, Park Cafe, Xiao Bao Biscuit, and the American. But the one I cannot wait to checkout is Leon's Oyster Shop! Everyone raves about it even if you don't like oysters, but they had me at the frozen Rosé on tap.

But really you can't go wrong here, this is definitely a foodie town!

If you're planning a trip, don't miss my top 10 things to do in Charleston!