The Perfect Thanksgiving Outfit

I rarely dedicate an entire post to an outfit (I leave that to my fashion blogger friends who really know what's up) but my recent Old Navy try on session was such a hit on Instagram stories that I couldn't resist showing you guys the end result. And, just in case you're worried, the end result did include make up, unlike the super real look I was rocking during the try on session. 

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Anyway! I am obsessed with the pieces I brought home and slapped them all on for our Christmas Card photo shoot. I mixed plaids, bundled up in sherpa fuzziness and rocked a raw edge step hem pair of jeans. And heads up - it was all so darn comfy that I highly suspect the entire round up will show up on Thanksgiving Day. My game plan will probably go a little something like: untuck that plaid tunic and ask someone to pass me another roll. Sorry not sorry.

If you're busty (me!), you might want to size up in the tunic - I'm wearing a large and will absolutely not be able to dry it in the dryer. One spin on the cotton cycle and those buttons will be Gap City. 

I'm wearing a 10 in the denim, which is a cropped ankle with a two tone raw edge. I always air on the side of small when choosing ON denim because it does have a tendency to stretch a bit during wear. The jacket is also a size down item, otherwise it looks a little bulky. It also happens to come in a vest which is adorable but I didn't see it in stores, so I wasn't able to try it on and give it a size test. 

And hello, plaid pumps. I'll be rocking these with jeans and a tee, a simple black swing dress and maybe even a pair of faux leather leggings through the New Year. 

Go ahead and check "find the perfect outfit for Thanksgiving" off of your to-do list and move on to more important things like "stock up on wine for Thanksgiving". You're welcome! 

Thanks for the pics, Courtney Malone Photography! 

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Fall Entryway Reveal

I'm so excited to finally reveal another space in our home! 
Today I'm teaming up with Pier 1 to share our entryway. 

This post was sponsored by Pier 1. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

So, before we go inside, I have to tell you about the spray on my door! The faux foliage came in a bundle with the eucalyptus you'll see on my entry table. I really wanted to keep the color scheme of my florals in the space fresh and green so I separated out the eucalyptus - and was left with the rich yellow toned bunch and the burlap wrapping. I wrapped the ends of the stems in the original wire the florals were bundled in, repositioned the burlap and ta-da! A fresh take on a classic fall wreath. I love it so hard! 

Welcome, ya'll! 

The vibe of this house has really taken on a streamlined farmhouse/coastal chic vibe and I love the direction it's heading. None of our houses have ever had the same style, even though we use the same major furniture pieces in every house, and each of our homes has had a personality of it's own. I'm gravitating toward farmhouse accessories for this house but can't seem to stay away from the coastal vibe, as is evident by my new white washed mirror.  

I decided to cozy things up by layering two rugs with different stripe patterns together and by bringing in accessories that were streamlined but had a ton of texture. The pattern on the vase (which is actually a kitchen jar!) reminds me of a knit sweater and the woven pillow (by none other than Joanna Gaines) has a classic shape but a really luxe weave of different widths.

The little silver bowl is an antique that I've had for years and, is of course, filled to the brim with corks from our favorite bottles of wine. The little blue pot of succulents was a find at my local grocery store and I have my fingers crosse that I'm going to keep them alive through the holidays. I love the little vignette the two make when paired with the Pier 1 Primavera White Table Lamp (I almost snagged the Sky Blue version, but the white won out). 

I hope ya'll love this little space as much as I do. I want everyone who makes their way into our home to feel instantly welcome and comfortable and spending a little time on our entryway decor has made me so excited to welcome our friends and family into this home of ours. Up next, I'll be sharing our living room! 

Dear Dads, This Is The One Gift A Mom Really Wants

Hey Dads, Partners, Co-Parents, Spouses, Step-Parents and supporters of Moms everywhere:

I'm about to make your Holiday Season.

I know you think the mothers in your life are the hardest to buy for - I get it, trust me. We say we don't want anything (except maybe a damn nap) but, when it comes down to it, we really want you to deliver. And deliver big. Big as in sentimental, which is hard to snag on Amazon or rush with Express Shipping. But here's the secret: you can do sentimental, and do it well, for very little effort and zero money. 

Now I've got your attention.

We mamas want nothing more in this world than the knowledge that we aren't screwing this whole Motherhood thing up. We lay in bed at night and wonder if we've hugged enough, yelled too much, should have splurged on the organic milk and how we're going to pull it all off again the next day. Turns out, being a Mom is a real mind game. We love our kids to the point that it's physically painful yet we have little to no reassurance that we're doing right by them.

And that's where you come in.

If you want to deliver the most precious gift a mom could ever receive, ask her children about her. Record video of her babies babbling about what their Mommy does that makes them feel special, what their favorite thing to do with their Mom is and what their Mom does that makes them laugh. Let the videos be grainy, spur of the moment, un-styled and real life and we won't care. In fact, we'll love it more than anything, ever.

Think you can pull it off? 

I know you can! I'm even going to give you a little script and a quick How To and you'll be all set for the Season.

Tip: screenshot the image below so it's in your photo gallery! 

The Script
Here's a quick set of questions to ask your kids about their mom:

This Is The One Gift A Mom Really Wants

The Set Up
For toddlers and little kids, you may have better luck asking them the questions one at a time at random intervals. If you want to try to get this done in one shot, have some bribery on hand. I have the best luck getting my 3 year old's attention when he's strapped in the car seat - maybe give that a try for the wiggliest among us.

For bigger kids, have them sit in a distraction free space and ask them the questions interview style. Make sure to turn off all background noise and any screens so the video is as clear as possible. 

The Gear
You really don't need anything special to make this magic happen, just a phone that records video. Once you have the video clips recorded (keep in mind you can record little clips randomly over the next few weeks if that works best for you), download a video editing app and get to work. I think iMovie is crazy easy to use - you'll just drop in the video clips, edit them if you like and voila! 

Some tips:
Add a title like "Merry Christmas 2017" so that we'll know how old the kids were when we watch this video constantly over the next 50 years. If you really want to send her over the top, end the video with a little message from you, her partner, telling her how lucky your kids are to have a Mom like her. Bonus points for sharing how much you love and respect her. No pressure, but that will be the best gift you've ever given.

Save the video by emailing it to yourself, uploading to a DropBox account or publishing on a private YouTube channel and pull out the laptop to play for Mom on Christmas morning. 

You're welcome!

photo by Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography

Gift Guide: For The Grandparents

Here we go, the number one, most requested gift guide for the holiday season is ready and waiting for you! 

After my latest Instagram poll, it's clear that I'm not the only one who thinks that the grandparents are impossible to buy for.

 If your parents and in-laws are anything like mine, they would love something sentimental, don't really want you to blow the budget on them (even though they totally deserve it!) and, quite frankly, don't need a darn thing! Oh, and let's be honest, if it isn't about their grandkids, then you can just forget it. Sound familiar? Then I've got you covered - from a revamp of the classic photo mug to hobby related gifts, here is my round up of the best gifts for the grandparents:

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1. Salt Dough Ornament Kit
Is there anything more classic than a baby handprint smooshed into a salt dough circle and hung on the tree? We make one of these every year (until there isn't enough dough to go around) and etch the date on each one. My kids feel proud that they helped make the perfect gift for their grandparents and the adults love the sentimental touch. This kit is a whopping $8 and Amazon Prime eligible so go ahead and get it - you'll be glad that you did!

 Tip: this is a perfect activity to take to Grandma's house if you're traveling for the holidays. Make them on Christmas Eve as a family and hang them on the tree together on Christmas morning. 

2. Gold Charm Necklace
From my favorite jewelry maker, this is the perfect necklace for a Grandmother or Grandmother-to-be. Add a initial charm tag for each grand baby as your family grows and you can check her holiday gift off the list any year one of your siblings has a babe! 

3. Foil Print Family Recipe
This is one of the most unique and sentimental items on the list (and what I'm getting my own mother for Christmas, so don't look, Mom!) and I couldn't love it more. Minted will take a handwritten recipe and turn it into a foil art print, complete with your choice of frame style. My grandmother is no longer with us and I cannot imagine how special it will be to have her handwritten recipe for one of her classic dishes preserved, framed and on display in my paren't home. I'm lucky to have recipes written down thanks to this all-time-best-ever-gift from my Mom, and now I can return the favor. 

4. Classic Coffee/Latte Mug
A fresh take on the classic photo coffee mug, I love the shape and and style of this Latte mug! 

5. Personalized Golf Balls
For the Grandpa who golfs, personalized golf balls are the cutest! Add a photo of grandpa and kids on the golf course, a message, date or special saying and you're good to go. My husband would like you all to know that golf balls come in all levels of quality so check with a golfer before you invest in a ton of personalized balls.

6. Silver Engraved Baby Shoe Ornament 
The perfect gift for grandparents celebrating a new grand baby at the holidays, this silver baby shoe can be engraved on the bottom with baby's name and special details and has a heart charm that displays the year. 

7. Gold Picture Charm Necklace
Can you imagine anything sweeter than a photo of all of the grandkids together on an engraved gold charm necklace? If the grandchildren are spread across the county, have the techy person in your family photoshop all of their faces together into one image and voila! I can't think of a Grandmother who wouldn't love that. You could also do a photo of the grandparents on their wedding day for an extremely sentimental, non kiddo related gift.

8. Custom Monogrammed Silhouette
This is what we gifted both sets of grandparents last year and I was so, so happy with our silhouettes! You can see our end result here but the process is so easy - you just snap a photo (on your phone!), upload to Minted and they "cut" the silhouette for you. Once you approve the silhouette, you can choose the color, personalization and even have it framed. The entire process took less than two weeks for us, even though it was during peak gifting season, and I was able to style two different prints to match each family's home decor. I honestly want one for myself! 

9. Custom Watercolor 
How sweet is this for a non-traditional portrait option? Bonus: you can have a second print of your original water color made for $25 - so you have both families covered! 

10. Custom Home Watercolor Ornament
I love this custom watercolor home ornament for both sets of grandparents and for different reasons! My parents have lived in the same house for 20 years and having a watercolor of the home they raised their children in would be so special. On the flip side, my in-laws have moved quite a bit and have made each and every house a home - wouldn't it be fun to dig through old photos and gift them a watercolor ornament of each home they've lived in? I could space them out over a few years, guaranteeing perfect gifts for the foreseeable future! 

11. Photo iPad Cover
So, my parents got an iPad for one reason only: to FaceTime with my offspring. With that in mind, I can't think of a better gift for them than a personalized photo collage iPad cover. It will keep their iPad safe and show them the faces of their favorite people (my children) even when we aren't available to FaceTime. 

12. Personalized Hammer
For the handy-man Grandpa, I love this personalized hammer! Engrave it with a favorite project completed together or "Property Of Papa" so his neighbors always know where to return it after they borrow, I think this solves the "what to get Grandpa" dilema.

13. Matching Slippers His and Hers
Justin and I have gifted all 4 of our parents with a set of Ugg slippers and they were a hit each time. The quality is amazing, they hold up well, you can choose an option with a sole if needed and it's a gift that many wouldn't splurge on for themselves. 

My in-laws's rescue pup is their new baby and they are head over heels in love with him. Last year we gifted them with a silhouette of our son and I think it's only fitting that this year they receive a matching one with their gorgeous Golden Retriever's profile on display. Minted allows you to choose the color of the silhouette, the personalization and the frame - and the results are super high quality. Get ready for your close up, Crockett!

15. Photo Stainless Steel Tumbler 
Because the classic "World's Best Grandpa" coffee mug can't fit in cup holders for that commute to work (or the road trip to the grandkid's house!) this stainless steel version is a must. Cover it with pictures of the babes and you're all set!

16. Portable Photo Printer
Don't take this the wrong way, Grandparents, but you aren't always known to be the best with technology. My Mom is always asking me how she can get a picture that I published on my blog or sent her via text, and she doesn't mean she wants to save it to her iPhone camera roll. This tiny photo printer has insanely good reviews, is less than $130 and prints color photos via BlueTooth.

Happy holidays, Friends! 

The Easiest Fall Salad

Spinach, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

Ok, this recipe is almost too easy to share but I have to for one reason:

 I can't be the only person who needs to know what to do with all of the apples their kids brought home from your family day of apple picking. Yep, I knew you'd feel me. Behold, my recipe for the ideal Fall Salad, perfect for a super quick toss-together addition to any get together or if you need a go-to bring along dish for holiday meet ups or lunches. Stores in a sealed jar overnight and travels well - just hold off on adding the balsamic until you're ready to serve. 

Spinach, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

Spinach, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

Sliced apple, skins on 
Orange Cranberry Goat Cheese 
Spiced Pecans 
Shaved red onion
Balsamic Vinegar 

Slice apples and soak in a bit of Sprite for a minute or two to keep from browning. I like Sprite over lemon juice because, to me, the Sprite doesn't add any distinguishable flavor 

Crumble goat cheese - if you can't find the Orange Cranberry, any plain or non-herb flavored goat cheese will be perfect.

Toss washed spinach leaves, soaked apple slices, crumbled goat cheese, thinly sliced red onions and spiced pecans together. 

Add Balsamic Vinegar to taste prior to serving or allow guests to add to their liking! 

Spinach, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

See, so easy, but oh so pretty and always a crowd pleaser! I'll actually be serving on Thanksgiving as our lighter option (you know, to balance out all of that mac and cheese). 

Spinach, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

The Best Kid's Holiday Pajamas Under $25!

I'll admit that I bought my kid's their first matching set of monogrammed Christmas pajamas in September (ok, fine, August) but who can blame me? Nothing says "hello, Holidays!" quite like red fleece footies or bold buffalo check Long Johns. With the Holidays officially upon us, it's time to break out the festive jammies and I've found the best of the best and all under $25. Many come in sizes for the whole family and I've even included a section for the freshest babes on the holiday block.

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 1. I love Fair Isle for the holidays but also for the entire Winter Season, so I am always drawn to a pair of Fair Isle pajamas! These are perfect for any Winter holiday, are gender neutral, zip (no pesky snaps) and are made of 100% organic cotton. In case you need a little more convincing, they are also only $12 for sizes newborn - 9 months. 

2. Candy Cane Stripes make this set a must have for the holidays. Made with 100% cotton and with contrasting grey cuffs and footies, I love this for a brother + sister matching set.

3. Sweet and feminine, the red and cream color combo will take you through the holidays but the snowflake pattern on this sleeper will be perfect for all of those nights dreaming of a Snow Day.

4. Classic Santa red meets super soft cotton for the perfect infant sleeper. Available in tons of colors and up to size 9 months, this is our go to for the cooler months. 


5. Available in sizes 6 months - 5T, this cotton striped sleeper is perfect for just $16. It also comes in a super cute snowman print! 

6. This long john style striped set is adorable! The description states they are meant for boys but honestly, they look gender neutral to me. Bonus: this is the cheapest set on the list for less than $10!

7. Milk and Cookies, please! Available in both light pink and sky blue, this zippered set even has gripper dot soles.

8. Starry Night in the perfect shade of red, I love this set for any time of year!

9. Stripes on Stripes, the elbow patches in contrasting stripes make this set one of my faves on the list. Available in green stripes with red elbow patches and in the reverse, I love this set for coordinating siblings! 

Big Kids

10. Red and Black plaid traditional pajamas in cozy fleece will absolutely make this set your little's favorite! Available for baby, too!

11.  You're going to be seeing this pajama set everywhere this season because it comes in sizes for the entire family! And with a large dark red plaid print, even Dad can get on board with this set of matching jammies. Also available in green!

12. Another fleecy pair of executive pajamas in sizes from baby to 6 years old, I love the plaid print of this two piece set.

13. This pair reminds me of classic Long John's and I love the grey details paired with the red stripe. P.S. This set is a match to PJ set number 2 and Layette number 19!

14. Another set ready for the entire family, this elk print is the perfect gender neural, two piece set. 

First Christmas 

15. A pack of two sleepers for $16?! This gender neutral Santa sleeper duo is perfect for a fresh babe on their first Christmas.

16.The only reindeer making an appearance on the list, I love this sleeper for Christmas Eve!

17. Oh, the most gorgeous Damask print for the tiniest little, this onesie comes complete with matching hat.

18. Cupcakes, lollipops and hot cocoa, this fleece sleeper comes in sizes newborn to 5T (perfect for Sisters!)

19. Organic cotton and easy for late night changes, I love this layette and cap for a sweet boys first Christmas. This print also comes in baby and big kid sizes!

20. Delicate and feminine, this set is perfect for a sweet girl born during the holiday season!

21. With the words "Ho, Ho, Ho" printed on red and white stripes, this set is for a babe who knows Santa is boss!

22. Hunter green should get more love amongst all of this red, so here's a sweet cotton sleeper in sizes newborn to toddler.

23. This may be my favorite sleeper on the list!  A grey and white graphic print with a funky Rudolph, this little number is perfect for a babe with their own fresh style!

Sweet Dreams, friends!

A Mom Confession with the Graco® SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

How to install the Graco®  SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

This post was sponsored by the Graco® SnugRide SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat. All opinions and experiences are my own and are as a result of utilizing the product in our day to day life. 

Ok, confession time: I've never once in my three years of motherhood installed a car seat. 
Never. Not once.

My husband has always been the car seat installer - if the seats need to be pulled out to be cleaned, swapped into Grandma's car or installed prior to our run to Labor and Delivery, he is the one to handle it. And the reason why is simple:

I am terrified to do it myself.

I don't think I could live with myself if I unintentionally installed a car seat incorrectly and then one of my babies was hurt as a result. Frankly, even typing that made my stomach turn and my heart race. And it seems my fears are justified - a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 49% of infant car seats were incorrectly installed. But, Justin is going to start traveling for work more and I am going to need to be able to install a car seat like the Boss Mom that I am, so it seems that time has come for me to figure this business out.

How to install the Graco®  SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

We've been on the hunt for a second rear facing infant car seat for Georgia to use in my husband's truck and with the Grandparents, so I started the search with "ease of installation" as a major priority. When Graco® reached out to me and asked if I would give the Graco® SnugRide SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat a try, I (nervously) said yes. 

How to install the Graco®  SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

I gave it a go and, honestly, I dominated it. After a little step by step coaching by my husband, I was able to install the car seat, start to finish, correctly and safely, in just a few minutes! Take a peek of me working that install:

Here's what makes the Graco® SnugRide SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat the jam: 

Install is a simple, three-step process that rewards you with the no-doubt-about-it, audible "click" when the infant seat is installed correctly (seriously, scroll down and check out the video of me installing the base in all of my mom glory - you'll hear it!). The system has level indicator on the base that helps ensure installation is correct and is paired with the InRIGHT LATCH to ensure that even the car seat installation newbies, like myself, can get it right. 

I, of course, had my husband supervise my efforts and even he was impressed with how easy it was to install the base using a seat belt with the SnugLock.

How to install the Graco®  SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

Bonus points go to the SilentShade Canopy which opens and closes without making a peep so you won't wake your tiny tyrant and the one handed adjustable handle, which makes getting baby in and out super easy. If I have to be the car seat installer, I need all of the help I can get, even in the sunshade and handle department.

How to install the Graco®  SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

And, in less important news: how cute is that striped pattern?? 
It reminds me of a comfy sweatshirt and I am digging it!

How to install the Graco®  SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat

You can read more about the Graco® SnugRide SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat here

Blogging 201: How to Partner With Other Bloggers (Again!)

One of my most popular posts of all time is a little number I whipped up sharing ways that bloggers can partner up in order to grow, learn and benefit from one another. I filed it under "Blogging 101" because, while it is perfect for everyone, the tips are really aimed at those bloggers just starting out and developing their blogging community. Today, I'm going deeper and sharing ways that more seasoned bloggers can collaborate together - both in person and through our long distance relationships - to create blogger magic. 

Let's get crazy and file this bad boy under "Blogging 201: How To Partner With Other Bloggers (again)"

all photography by Jessi Nichols Photography 

1. Pin It
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Instagram is o.v.e.r. If you want to drive traffic to your blog, you need to hop on over to Pinterest and start pinning, stat. Better yet, you need your friends to hop over to Pinterest and start pinning your content! Because of the algorithm (and whatnot) your content will perform better if others pin it and you pin the work of others. Who understands this better than a fellow blogger? Nobody! Make a board specifically for content sharing and add your blogging besties to it - pin each other's fresh content and the evergreen goodness, you'll see a bump in page views which of course means a bump in ad rev! 

This is the perfect way for long distance friends (which is what most of us are) to support one another - you don't have be local to collaborate!

2. Style It
A styled shoot is the perfect way to build a stockpile of gorgeous images for your channels but it can be a ton of work to create. I happen to love prepping for a styled shoot and love it even more when I'm working with a blogger whose style naturally jives with my own. My sweet friend Lauren of Love Lola Blog is the prime example of the perfect blogging cohort - she is crazy stylish, our brands share similar goals/vibes/niches and we partner really well together (you can see another shoot of ours here). Lauren asked me if I would partner with her in a styled fall picnic shoot and I couldn't say "duh!" fast enough. She set the location and scheduled her photographer, we split the list of things to bring and trusted each other to follow through. The results are unreal - seriously, be prepared to see these photos again and again - and we each scored major content for our own platforms. 

Bonus: we've now had the opportunity to work with each other's photographers for the first time in a comfortable and familiar environment. Why is this important? Well, we got to skip the awkward "how do you like to shoot?" phase of working together and made it straight for the "oh, please make sure I have only one chin" phase from the first click of the shutter. 

We also each had the confidence that our photographers were familiar with the craziness that comes with shooting for a blog and wouldn't forget to grab detail shots, shots framed for Instagram or think we were weird when we gazed off into the distance instead of looking at the camera head on. 

Seriously though, working with a new photographer can make a non-model like myself a little nervous so working with a new photog with your friend who is comfortable and has a great report established in tow is always a relief to me. 

3. Skill Swap
Speaking of my beautiful friend Lauren, let me tell you this about her: she is insanely natural in front of a camera. I have never once seen her take a bad photo and she always knows exactly how to stand or the perfect way to turn her face to capture the best shot. 

I, on the other hand, never know what to do with my hands. If you have a fellow blogger friend who has a skill that you'd love to master, ask her! I asked Lauren to coach me a bit during our shoot and the results were definitely more natural and less, shall we say, panicked looking. 

I would happily set up a skill swap date where she taught me posing (in the privacy of my own home, because that will obviously be a nightmare) and I taught her something off of her blogging must know list. Set a timer for 20 minutes on each skill and you'll be both be pros in under an hour. 

4. Tech Swap
I can't tell you how many times I've reached out to my friends who are masters of certain tech platforms, begging for help. Meg O. is my Pinterest guru, Jonathan knows his way around Photoshop like none other and Katie is the master of Facebook communities. If you have a platform that you want to know, are stuck with a code issue, or can't for the life of you figure out what the "S" in HTTPS stands for, reach out! There is, without a doubt, a tech skill that you've mastered that your friends will be dying to learn. Perfect example: I'm often asked by new members about the Reward Style platform and how to use it from start to finish - it's a program that I've been using for a while, so while I'm no master, I am familiar with the in's and out's - and sometimes, that's all we need to know to help a girl out. 

Now, go forth and collaborate! 

The Perfect Girl's Trip to Charlotte, NC

If you follow me on Insta stories, you know that I clocked out of my mama duties (like, tires squealing at pre-school drop off) last Friday morning and hit the highway for a girl's weekend with my long distance best friend, Megan

Megan and I live across the country from each over and have never planned a trip to see each other that wasn't work related - and on top of that, we always have one, some or all of our babies with us when we get together. While we love our babies something fierce, we needed a weekend to play - drink wine, wear white, carry little purses and never once worry about which car could hold all of the car seats. To top it off, we were celebrating Megan turning 30 and the fact that this was her first ever girl's trip. Ever.

So, no pressure for me when it came to planning our getaway, right? 

I wanted our time together to be easy and as unscheduled as possible so I picked a city that I know and love: Charlotte. Meg was able to hop a direct flight from Houston and was in Charlotte by 11am on Friday morning. Charlotte is about an hour and a half drive for me so we had my vehicle on hand and I was able to show off some of my fave Queen City neighborhoods on our way into town. 

After we cried in the airport arrivals area (seriously, it's been so long since we've seen each other that we've each given birth to a baby - the oldest of which is nine months old!) we made a beeline for salads and french fries at Cafe Monte. I knew Meg would need coffee and carbs to get her through the long travel day and Cafe Monte is one of my favorite stops for a girl's lunch. It doesn't hurt that it's right across the street from South Park Mall...which serves as the perfect way to kill time until hotel check in.

We played in the fitting rooms, ordered more coffee and wandered around, catching up.

 My travel day outfit tunic | denim | loafers |

trying on the Mommy Blogger dress to see if it really is as flattering as they say....

After our retail therapy pit stop we made our way downtown to the Omni. I love staying at the Omni because of the perfect Uptown location but was super excited to see that they are currently renovating. We were lucky enough to stay in a renovated room and it was so, so gorgeous. We left the curtains open the entire trip and I loved falling asleep in the skyline. Coffee and cinnamon rolls arrived each morning and we slept like we did pre-babies. It was Heaven.

Friday night we snagged a charcuterie board at City Smoke, a sleek Southern fare restaurant across the street from the Omni and then made our way to the Dilworth neighborhood for dinner at Foxcroft Wine Co

We Ubered all weekend and almost all of our destinations were within walking distance to our hotel, but I really wanted to try Foxcroft Wine Co and I'm so glad that we did. We adored the outdoor seating and thankfully, it was cool enough that we could sit outside in our Basic fall sweaters. I had the beef sliders and they were unreal - I highly recommend them! After a few glasses of wine, a bowl of truffle fries and dinner, we made our way back to the hotel to hop into PJ's, face masks and pass out to the sound of football by 9pm. 

Saturday was reserved for the spa and we used every second of our time to the fullest. The spa at the Ritz Carlton is one of the best I've ever visited - every single detail was thought of and the service was unreal. If you have a chance to visit, plan to spend as much time there as they'll allow! 

We lounged by the pool, napped in the meditation room, had cocktails in the spa, sat as long as we could in the salt room and took showers in what felt like caves. We each got a facial and each loved the service - I may or may not have almost fallen asleep in the facial room. I blame the champagne.

We only rolled ourselves out of the spa because we had a dinner date that we were really excited about. Our sweet friends Elise and Lindsey met us at 5Church for dinner and drinks and it was the perfect example of blogging friends becoming real life friends. We had reservations at 7:15 and didn't move until someone looked at the time and realized it was 11:30pm! We could have blabbed for hours and I am so grateful that the girls made room for us in their weekend schedules (missed you Hope!). 5Church has a funky, feminine vibe and is a great option for a girl's night or a celebration - there were quite a few big groups celebrating around us so the vibe was so much fun. If you're there as long as we were, the music will change to more of a club vibe, which will make a mama feel both old and cool, considering she is still awake when the music starts bumping.

Sunday was special for Megan because she got to catch up with one of her best friends who lives in the area at Amalie's Uptown for brunch - and it was special for me because I got to sleep in! 

I slept until she came home, which is the longest stretch of sleep I've been able to snag since Georgia was born in June. Meg's flight was slated for 1pm and dropping her off was the absolute worst. The only thing that made her leaving better was knowing we scheduled a work trip for me to visit Houston over the holidays! That's right Houston girls, clear your calendars, I'm coming for you!

I cannot recommend this Charlotte girl's weekend itinerary enough! Flights are easy and can be inexpensive, Uptown is clean and safe, everything is walkable if you want it to be, and every meal we ate was perfection. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the places we visited or other options I considered, I'm happy to answer!