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Weekend Tea Party for Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekends were made for lazy lounging, extra snuggling and even an impromptu lunchtime tea party. As I was cleaning the kitchen and standing in front of the fridge to see what our food options were, Emery had the bright idea to put together a little tea party for two. Luckily we had just the ingredients for chicken salad sandwiches, sweet tea and leftover Halloween candy. I just love the mismatched tea cups we have and, even more, how simply sweet and imaginative my three year old is. Can I just freeze this time and age forever?

Emery Tea Party

Emery Tea Party

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Emery Tea Party

Halloween 2014 in Seaside

What a bright and shiny Halloween it was for us! Like most of the other girls her age, Emery has had a full-on obsession with princesses and all things sparkly. I was sure her love for “Frozen” would mean she’d dress up like Elsa or Anna, but in an attempt to offer other ideas, we browsed “sparkly girls costumes” on Pinterest. We came across an over-the-top rainbow-y unicorn that was definitely not Emery’s style, but the idea stuck. I set out to find the most sparkly dress a Google search might turn up and found it here as part of a mod costume. We discovered the most adorable unicorn horns by Brooklyn Owl on Etsy and ordered silver with pink on the ears to match the silver dress. With a little glitter spray and silver ballet flats we already had, this was the makings of my favorite girls Halloween costume to date!

Scroll through for an overload of “Emery-as-a-Unicorn” photos and a golden Halloween scene in Seaside. It was a perfect evening!

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray -Unicorn Costume

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

Pretty curls for a sparkly unicorn!

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray - Unicorn Costume

Sparkly Unicorn Halloween in Seaside

 

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

 

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

30A Seaside Halloween - Emery - Jami Ray

Emery Style: Coral Paisley Dress

Emery always has a story to tell and as soon as she starts, the details just flow in and become more and more imaginative until the end result is nowhere near where the story started. Today’s version:

Me: Are you excited about school and playing on the playground today?

Emery: Yes, I’m so excited, mommy. I love the swings and I think I’ll take this little bitty bunny with me because that puppy is too loud and everyone needs a friend and I’m sure he likes to swing, but we better be careful because there are trees and a bear might come out and be ready to eat lunch and see us and want this little bitty bunny. Aww, I don’t want the bear to eat this bunny, mommy. He’s my friend.

Emery Style - Coral Paisley Dress Kid Fashion Emery Style - Coral Paisley Dress Kid Fashion Emery Style - Coral Paisley Dress Kid Fashion

Dress: Old Navy (last year, similar here and here)  |  Shoes: Old Navy (no longer available, similar herehere and here)

Mommy-Daughter Shopping in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Rosemary Beach Mommy Daughter Day

Fridays are always fun. Emery doesn’t have daycare and I try to wrap up my work projects as early as possible so we can find an adventure for the day.  On this particular day, our to-do list included shopping in Rosemary Beach. How fun! Since I had to stop in to drop off a printing project, I figured we would browse the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and shop for a new bathing suit for Emery.

This girl was a little grumpy when I woke her up from a nap, but a lunch date at Cowgirl Kitchen (and their Mac n Cheese) made it all better. 

Cowgirl Kitchen Rosemary Beach

I love getting the Nachos with extra fresh jalapeño, but today I ate every bite of the Drunken Shrimp Tacos. They are so good I could eat them twice.

Cowgirl Kitchen Rosemary Beach 2014-04-25 12.49.21 HDR

With full bellies, we strolled next door to Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashion & Toys. This store just puts a smile on your face. Bright-colored toys and games overflow onto Main Street and adorable clothes, toys and accessories fill the store. This is Emery’s “Mommy, can we please go in here?” dance.

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach, Florida Gigi's

Emery loved the model train that makes its way around a track on the ceiling. She took time to look at every item in the store – even the boys section – and carefully picked out her favorite swimsuit. Eenie meanie miney mo!

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Of course, all the toys in the store are like a dream come true for a kid. Gigi’s even has retro games I remember like a See & Say, View Master and Slinky. I told her to narrow it down to just one favorite. Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

How could I say no? After Gigi’s, we wandered down to Eastern Green with Emery running her heart out. I love the way everyone just parks their bicycles on the green before running down to the beach (located just beyond the dune here).

Rosemary Beach, Florida

As usual, it was a beautiful 30A day. The white sand is magic!

Rosemary Beach, Florida

I love this view of the town from the boardwalk with The Pensione Inn (the red building) on the left and The Pearl on the right.

Rosemary Beach, Florida Western Green

Rosemary Beach, Florida

We decided we better finish our errands and hightail it home so we could enjoy an afternoon in the sun. I couldn’t resist peeking into Willow Boutique as we strolled back to the car. The bright prints they have in stock right now are so fun and I love anything Mara Hoffman.

Willow Boutique Rosemary Beach

Mara Hoffman at Willow BoutiqueWillow Boutique Rosemary Beach

After one super quick stop at Fitz & Emme (where Emery played tea party while I browsed the clothes), we headed home for fun in the sun.

Fitz and Emme Rosemary Beach

That’s one happy customer and one happy mama!

Jami Ray

Messy Hair Days

Hi, friends! Are you still there? I hope so! I’ve been away from the blog for far too long, thanks to all sorts of excitement in my life. If you’ve watched Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, you’ll understand when I say this — it’s been totes cray cray! (Side note: James Van Der Beek as himself is hilarious.) 
It’s actually been really busy and chaotic, but in a truly great way. I’m finally settling into a normal routine, but more on all that in another post. Right now, I’m just accepting the fact that mild chaos can be a little normal and that every day is not perfectly scheduled with everything on the to-do list checked off. Sometimes, bigger, better or more meaningful items get added and sometimes not finishing one item is a good thing. 
Sometimes, we have days with chipped nail polish and dry-shampooed hair. Sometimes, we have coffee stains on our clothes and late nights catching up. Sometimes, we have half-stocked fridges and floors that need sweeping. Sometimes we have bad hair days. Yes, I know. I didn’t want to believe it either. I’m learning that sometimes we just have to accept it all, good, bad, organized or unruly. Sometimes we just have to do this (and trust me, I’m trying):
via bippity boppity boo 


sweet southern sayings

Growing up and living in the South means hearing (and saying) my fair share of sweet southern twang. There are more country sayings around here than you can shake a stick at. Some of them are a bit of a tongue twister (“Can’t tell no one that ain’t been nowhere nothing nohow.”), some simply don’t make much sense (“You better get it while the gettin’s good.”), and some of them are racy enough to make you slap your mama (we won’t go there). Here are a few of my favorite phrases — at least the more lady-like ones — residing in the vocabulary of most any belle south of the Mason-Dixon line.

“Two peas in a pod.” Said about cute couple, best friends and other matches, good or bad.
“I’m fixin’ to….” Meaning getting ready to do something.
“Hush your mouth.’ Enough said.
“Quit being ugly.” In other words, be nice.
“Gimme some sugar.” Not the actual sweet stuff, but hugs and kisses. Usually said by a grandmother or to a child.
“How’s your mama?” Almost always an appropriate comment to fill a conversation or an awkward silence. Most likely one knows the mama, is related to the mama or was once related to the mama.
“Yes ma’am.” Not meant to be offensive related to age, but a term of respect to any woman. This cannot be repeated too often during a stern lecture or talking-to.
“Finer than frog hair.” Referring to a good-looking person or a general state of feeling fine.
“Well, I declare.” Usually follows a tidbit of juicy gossip or surprise when other words simply can’t be found.
“Slower than molasses.” Similar to “Slow as Christmas” referring to an even slower pace than the usual leisurely southern behavior.
“She wouldn’t be caught dead in public without makeup on.” The mantra of most well-heeled, coiffed, fresh-faced Southern Belles.
“Stick a fork in me, I’m done.” Referring to being aggravated, tired or even used after a little to much sun.
“Sight for sore eyes.” Referring to a handsome gentleman or lovely looking lady.
“If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Every Southerner knows who really rules the family (Hello, Steel Magnolias!),  so the satisfaction of the matriarch is of the utmost importance. You can bet your britches there’ll be hell to pay if Mama’s not happy.
This one takes the cake. You can say anything good, bad or ugly about someone, which under normal circumstances might sound downright mean, but as long as it’s followed with “Bless her heart,” there is no judgment implied, just a sweet observation.
Try adding these phrases to your conversations and find out just how quickly they can stick. You’ll be talking like you were raised here in no time!