4.17.2014

Moving Right Along

Things in the playroom to family office conversion are moving right along.  I’ve sorted through all the toys, moved most down to the basement, donated the rest and then sold the bulk of the playroom furniture.  Here’s how it looks today.

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Honey cleaned out the attic last weekend and brought the daybed down.  I LOVE it and hope it will work in the space.  If not this, I have two chairs up there still that will have to do. 

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I bought two ghost chairs on ebay for the littles to use at the desks.  Both of them arrived with imperfections so the seller refunded all of my  money and let me keep them.  I’m going to put seat cushions on them to cover up the issues.

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Honey installed the elfa closet system while we were in Savannah on leg one of our spring break trip.  I cannot wait to empty out the guest room closet and part of my closet and make this a desk / office space for ME!!!

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The closet has one of these bare bulb pull string things.  Does anyone know if there is anything that can be done to make it look better?  There’s  not a light switch so I guess the string must stay.

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I also want to hang the littles homecoming gowns in here.  The colors are perfect and they have been hiding in my closet ever since I took them out of the living room.


 


To Do List:
  • Remove wall shelves
  • Patch holes
  • Paint – need paint color first!
  • Make window treatments (a daunting task)
  • Organize closet
  • Decide on daybed vs 2 chairs – if daybed will need bedding and pillows… oh, and we will need new hardware since it was all lost in the move
  • Get coffee table out of attic??
  • Paint mirror from attic
  • Find chest for between windows
  • Find rug
  • Take down fan and figure out new lighting
  • Find the missing closet door (how on earth did we lose that?)
  • Closet light
  • Seat cushions for chairs

Fingers crossed that Mother will be able to help me with the curtains this weekend.  Although I’m not sure how that will pan out with everything else we have on our plates. 
xoxo


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4.16.2014

Musings

I have been meaning to share this sweater hanging technique with y’all forever.  I ran across it over a year ago and it revolutionized my closet.  Genius!!  Speaking of closets, I switched mine out for spring on Sunday when it was 80 degrees.  And then last night I had to cover all of my new plants due to the sub freezing temps.  Nothing says spring like frozen pollen on your windshield.

 

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I’ve been doing a little fluffing for our Easter festivities this weekend.  We have a packed Friday and Saturday so I think we are just going to do a laid back little egg hung and lunch on Sunday after mass.  These will grace the buffet.

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The littles have finished up their PSR (parish school of religion) lessons for the year.  The PCP carried this darling “palm frond” home from his last class and Easter party. 

 

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Georgia Crafted has put together this amazing Mother’s Day gift box.  For less than $35, I think it makes for a pretty awesome gift.  And easy to boot!!

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The second graders performed a musical revue all about Hats (yes, hats) last week.  It was a slight improvement over the Recycling performance of yore.  Seriously, who comes up with these things?!?!   I can’t for the life of me figure out why his school packs us in a space that is barely suitable for half of those attending and then tortures us with these terrible music shows each year.  Next year I’ll get to attend TWO…

 

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The baby carried home the game ball last weekend.  He wasn’t thrilled that I interrupted his snack to take his picture.  I love that face…

 

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Don’t forget to check out b.ivy and enter my bow bracelet giveaway!!!  It is SO cute!!

 

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Honey speed read Divergent over Spring Break and his mama came over to sit with the littles Sunday night so that we could catch the flick.  It was SO good!!!  Of course, some of the background context and violence (PG13) was left out, but overall we thought it was pretty true to the book. 

 

 

And I finally took the littles to see The Nut Job at the dollar theater.  I might have fallen asleep for a few minutes, which made it well worth the $3 I paid for our admission.

 

 

We’ve got baseball practice for one and a game for the other tonight.  I hope the 65 degrees they are promising really pans out after last night’s freeze. 

xoxo

4.15.2014

Introducing b.ivy {Giveaway}

Oh, do I have a treat for y’all today!!!  A dear friend of one of dear friends has just launched b.ivy modern gifts & stationery - a positively fantastic online gift shop. 
Monogrammed Gifts - B. Ivy
 
I was smitten at first glance and then spent eons pouring through all of the fantastic home decor, gifts, accessories, Jonathan Adler and Lilly Pulitzer offerings.   I mean, talk about a one stop shop!  Feast your eyes on some of my faves…
 
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M&L Monogram Sunglasses in Script Font (From Back, Close Up)  
 
 
Can you believe the goodness?!?!  (I have got to get my hands on a set of those beach towels!!!)  And this is perfect timing for Mother’s Day and the spring entertaining season.

Now, for some fantastic news… the kind folks at b.ivy are letting me give away the (sorely missed) Gossip Girl inspired “spotted” bow bracelet to one lucky reader!!!!  I can’t wait to wear mine to the littles’ egg hunts this weekend!!

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There are FIVE quick and easy ways to enter and the giveaway is open to US addresses only.  Post a separate comment for any/all of the following…

1. Follow Dixie Delights and leave a comment letting me know.
2. Check out b.ivy and leave a comment letting me know your favorite item (it is SO hard to choose).
3. Like b.ivy on Facebook, let them know Dixie Delights sent you and post a comment back here letting me know.
4. Follow b.ivy on Instagram and leave a comment letting me know.
5. Sign up for the b.ivy newsletter (bottom right of the page) and leave a comment letting me know.

I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday!!
xoxo







4.14.2014

On My Bedside {The Secret Keeper}

I did a beaucoup of reading during our Spring Break week!!!  I call myself a binge reader because I will go two or three months without picking up a book and then I will knock out five of them in a week.  My very favorite from the week was The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.  You  may recall that she also wrote The House at Riverton, which I adored. 

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Goodreads says:
During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.  Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.  The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
 
I do relish a good historical fiction read.  Add to that an intriguing mystery and I’m one happy gal!!  This is an easy read and perfect for your beach bag this summer. 
 
As always, do let me know what’s on your bedside!!  This is where I always get my best suggestions!
xoxo



4.13.2014

Sunday Supper {Tuscan Lemon Chicken + Grilled Panzanella}

I’ll spend the next few editions of Sunday Supper dishing on our Spring Break eats at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort!  The property had lovely little picnic areas tucked away in marsh front pockets so we planned for loads of grillin’ and good eatin’!  While I might have done a little cooking on vacation, there was no way I was cleaning!  We dined on dixie plates and used plastic cutlery and paper napkins so don’t be expecting my pictures to wow you :-).

 

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Tuscan Lemon Chicken

From Ina Garten

 

1 3 ½-pound chicken, flattened (I substituted 4 chicken breasts so that we didn’t have to deal with a whole chicken)
Kosher salt
1/3 cup good olive oil
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, halved

 

Sprinkle the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt on each side. Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and 2 teaspoon pepper in a small measuring cup. Place the chicken in a ceramic or glass dish just large enough to hold it flat. Pour the lemon marinade over the chicken, turning it in the dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Turn the chicken two or three times while marinating.


When ready to grill, prepare a hot charcoal fire on one side of a grill (or turn a gas grill on low heat). Spread most of the coals across half of the grill. Place the chicken, skin side up, on the opposite side of the grill and place the dish you used for marinating on top of the chicken to weight it. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the underside is golden brown. Turn the chicken skin side down, weight again with the dish, and cook for another 12 to 15 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Place the lemon halves on the cool side of the grill, cut side down for the last 10 minute of cooking. Remove the chicken to a plate or cutting board, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut in quarters, sprinkle with salt, and serve with the grilled lemon halves.

 

 

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Grilled Panzanella

From Ina Garten

Good olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and sliced ½ inch thick
1 large ripe tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes
10 large basil leaves
3 tablespoons capers, drained
1 red onion, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3 large pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3 large pieces
½ small ficelle cut into 1-inch thick slices

Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals. Brush the grilling rack with olive oil.
In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
Place the cucumber, tomato, basil and capers in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss together. Set aside.
When the grill is ready, brush one side of the onion slices and the peppers with olive oil. Place them, olive oil side down, on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the other side with olive oil, turn them over and continue cooking an additional 4 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the grill and place on a cutting board. Slice the peppers ½ inch thick, separate the onion rings and add them both to the cucumber mixture.
Brush the bread slices on both sides with olive oil and toast them on the grill until golden. Add them to the cucumber mixture. Pour the reserved vinaigrette over the vegetables and toss together. Serve warm.

 

 

This made for a lovely water front supper and we’ve already  made the chicken again back home!! 

 

Happy Sunday, y’all!

xoxo

4.12.2014

The Family Office

When I first shared our playroom a few weeks ago, I mentioned that we were already making plans to turn it into a family office.  Well, I have a first cut at what this might look like to share today!! This is admittedly much more fluid than most of my inspiration boards.

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Here’s our bucket list:
  • A neutral, relaxing and elegant space that flows with the rest of the house and looks nice from the foyer
  • Use furniture we already have in the attic, including a day bed OR two slipper chairs, a coffee table and a large mirror
  • Two custom desk spaces for the littles (and adults alike) that will fit a computer, books and school supplies
  • Comfy seating area (two big chairs or the day bed) for reading, studying, relaxing, etc.
  • A totally renovated closet space for our office supplies, materials, crafting and party wares
  • No TV!

Now, we already have a carpenter working on two built in desk spaces for the littles.  With any luck, they should be done in about a month or so!  They will be painted white and will take up the same footprint as the existing TV / shelving unit.  I fretted over this design for weeks and am so nervous about how it will turn out in real life.

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When the Container Store had their entire Elfa line on sale in February, the baby and I spent a day with a designer laying out the perfect system for the closet.  Everything arrived this weekend and I am beside myself with excitement!!!  Of course, first we need to clean out the closet, remove the existing shelves, patch the holes and paint it.  It’s gonna get ugly before it gets pretty.


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I spied this gorgeous chandy at Mother’s Home Depot over St. Patrick’s weekend and can’t get it out of my mind.  I need to wait to see if the furniture arrangement will permit a chandelier before I purchase anything.


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Oh, and as for the gorgeous oyster painting above, I’ve had that stored under my guest room bed for a year.  I used my birthday money last year to purchase it and cannot wait to get it up.  It’s huge and stunning and, yes, features my favorite mollusk.  Between this and the laundry room, I’m a little batty with all the disorder.  I’m hoping to wrap both of these projects up before summer!!  Which means I’d best get a move on.
xoxo

4.11.2014

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort {Overview + Q&A Invitation}

As y’all know, we spent a splendid six days of our spring break soaking up the sun, making new friends, relaxing, and relishing all of the fun things to do at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.  I shared all of our fun family photos yesterday, and since I had a really hard time finding good information about the place before we went, I thought it would be great to share an overview of the resort as well.

THE RESORT
The resort is secluded on an island within Hilton Head Island, and is a nostalgic lot of vacation homes and a great lodge nestled under the shade of live oaks and overlooking Broad Creek.  You won’t find any characters or rides here, rather a laid-back low country lifestyle and Disney’s unparalleled service and attention to detail.   The main pool and accommodations are located overlooking the marsh and marina.  The private Beach House and beach area are about a mile away, accessible by shuttle, biking or driving (there is plenty of easy parking right on the beach).

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From the moment we arrived to check in at the Live Oak Lodge, we were smitten.  We were greeted by name by a cast member and the littles enjoyed lemonade and cookies while I got checked in.  The resort is beautifully landscaped, as one would expect from Disney.

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We were lucky enough to meet Shadow, the mischievous golden retriever, at check-in!  It is rumored that she won the hearts of the Imagineers building the resort and has served as mascot ever since. You will find her paw prints on sidewalks and little houses scattered throughout the property.

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THE VILLAS
We stayed in a wonderful and newly renovated one bedroom villa.  It was the perfect size for our family of four, as both the sofa and the chair pulled out to beds for the littles.  You could easily sleep five here.  The mudroom was darling and a great place to drop our wet towels and beach bags.  It was also home to a full sized washer and dryer. 

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The kitchen had stainless appliances and was fully stocked with cookware and dining essentials.  I loved the banquette in the corner, which seats five.

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The bedroom had a luxurious king sized bed and opened up to our porch.  The two bedroom villas feature a second, even larger bedroom with two queen beds and a second full bathroom.  The master and living spaces are identical.

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The large bathroom has a whirlpool tub, full closet and a separate area with a small shower, toilet and second sink.

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We opted for a marsh view and had an extra long porch that extended the entire length of our room.  There were two rocking chairs and a dining table – both of which we used daily.

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The sweeping views were gorgeous.

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DINING
Disney Hilton Head offers a limited amount of onsite dining – for breakfast and lunch only.

Tide Me Over is near the Big Dipper Pool and dock area.  There are picnic tables on the deck, or they will bag it for you to take down to the pool, back to your room or to one of the many marsh side picnic areas.  The hours are only 8-5.  We all enjoyed the food – it is very casual, things like hot dogs, burgers, fish/turkey/bbq sandwiches, chicken fingers, etc.  The breakfast fare was pretty good too, with everything from Mickey Waffles, to banana bread french toast to eggs and bacon.  Kids meals are packed in cute little beach pails – just like at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
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Signals Seaside Cafe is located in the Beach House.  It’s only open for lunch from 11-4, and features the same sort of menu as Tide Me Over.  What makes it unique (and super fabulous), however, is the fact that you can get the divine Dole Whip right here in Hilton Head!!!!

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Edmund’s Family Low Country Boil is a seasonal event happening weekly in April, May, September, October and November.  While we were there it was on Thursday night.  The dinner takes place at the Beach House and features live entertainment by B’lou Crabbe (a face you will get to know if you visit), face painting, games, a cake walk and more.  You can even bring your swim suits, as the pool is open too.  In June, July and August, the Low Country Boil is replaced with a Pirates BBQ.

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Since we were in a villa with a full kitchen and knew going in that onsite dining was limited, we ate all but one of our breakfasts in the room and made most of our suppers on the marsh front grills.  There are tons of grilling and picnic areas scattered about the property.  I brought our meats already marinated and ready to throw on the grill.  And while Honey cooked, we relaxed in the hammocks and played horseshoes.  So nice!  There is a Kroger just a few minutes away for all of your grocery needs.
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There are also loads of local eateries and the concierge and staff are great resources for ideas on where to eat out.  We walked over to Scott’s Fish Market one night while the littles were at Kid’s Night In.  The view was stunning and the food was okay.

THE BIG DIPPER SWIMMIN’ HOLE
We spent the bulk of our time poolside, as the wind kept the beach pretty chilly.  The pools are heated and the littles couldn’t get enough of the slide.  There is also a Little Dipper baby pool, as well as a large hot tub that we all enjoyed!  The lifeguards were top notch and made a point to learn all of the kids’ names.  When the littles tired of swimming, they hopped out and ran for cover and a little ping pong and foosball.  We didn’t even have to get up out of our seats! 

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THE BEACH HOUSE
As mentioned, the beach house is about a mile away.  There is private beach access, a pool, splash play area, arcade, ping pong, foosball, billiards, dining and a bar.  Beach chairs are available to rent, but we took our own.

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ACTIVITIES
One thing is for sure, Disney Hilton Head has many, many opportunities for good old fashioned family fun!  We enjoyed story times with B’Lou and Shadow, Goofy Bingo, made Mickey tie dyed shirts (fee), learned all about sharks and made shark tooth necklaces (fee), played corn hole, pool, ping pong, foosball and shuffleboard, enjoyed the playground, participated in the FUN campfire and s’mores night, sent the kids to Kid’s Night In (fee), played pool games, and watched outdoor movies on the marsh.  There was tons still that we didn’t do – including, fishing, crabbing, water sports, nature walks and more!  We signed up for the activities we participated in after we checked in to our room.

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THE MERCANTILE
The Mercantile is located next to Tide Me Over by the Big Dipper pool.  There is a nice selection of Disney paraphernalia, but we especially loved being able to get Mickey Bars and Ice Cream Sammies, and check out Disney movies (including the ones in the vault). 

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That pretty much covers the resort.  Feel free to post any questions you have about Disney Hilton Head Island Resort in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer them in a follow up post!
xoxo
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