Unfortunately, it is still winter.

I was hoping our old groundhog General Beauregard Lee was going to be accurate on his prediction for an early spring. I am over the sub-zero temps we have been having here in Georgia. I know I really have nothing to complain about since have of the country is under feet of snow... but I speak for everyone when I say BRING ON SPRING!

My email inbox has not been helping with all of the pretty florals and spring colors either. I already have my eye on a few and hopefully I have reason to buy/ wear some of them soon!


January in Retrospect

Sorry for the absence, how in the world is January already over?? Here's a little recap of what we have been up to.

1. We gave up sugar. It's going well... HA kidding, In all seriousness though, we have really limited the kids sugar intake and I do feel like we have seen an improvement in the school progress reports. The only days Keating got a "yellow" on his report were the days when there were donuts consumed Oops.
2. We cleaned out all of the Christmas clutter and the house felt a little bare. I decided to add a pom pom garland to the fireplace. I think it is cute, Brad think's it is stupid, but its still hanging so obviously it's not too offensive to him. ;)
3. Painting kick - Lately I have been spending my weekends letting out my creative energy. Sometimes I let the boys help and I always love the direction they lead me to, but sometimes they need a bit of reigning in because they are quite free in their brush strokes! This is a recent commission I did for a friend and I was a bit sad to see it go. 
4. I bought a succulent and haven't killed it yet. So far it is doing better than the fiddle leaf fig in the above picture that is always on the verge of death. Did I mention that all of the shrubs in my back yard look dead too? I obviously have a green thumb....
5. Poor Lola has been diagnosed with glaucoma. We went for a visit to the dog ophthalmologist (yes those exist) and she got a somewhat grim prognosis. For now we will treat with medication until it gets out of control and then she will need surgery or eye removal. Poor girl.
6. Earlier in the month my dad scored tickets for Monster Jam. The boys were in total monster truck heaven. This is the only decent picture we got because they couldn't even focus for a photo the whole time we were there. 
Those are the highlights for the month! 


Catching up

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Our Christmas was wonderful, minus the illnesses that we had sweeping through our household. No one was spared, we have made 3 trips to the Dr and are all quite medicated at the moment. 

Despite illness, Christmas was great! Santa was good to the boys and Brad and I got many items off of our little Christmas lists. My mom made me this gorgeous crocheted throw that I am in LOVE with. 
 My sister requested an abstract painting for Christmas and I really enjoyed creating it. I secretly wanted to keep it for myself!

I am not exactly sure what Santa was thinking when he gave a 4 year old a real gas powered 4 wheeler... Thankfully it has an auto shut off that we control as well as a big helmet to protect his noggin. So far he has been quite careful, but I foresee not having any plants left in my yard come spring. 

We spent much of our break eating good food and baking treats. I let the boys go a bit overboard on the sweets because they have no idea of the storm that is coming! 
Starting January 1st, our family will be clean eating and I am cutting out all refined sugar. My kids are OBSESSED with sugar, so I think this is something that definitely needs to happen. Until then, I plan to polish off all of the fudge I made sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. YUM!
While off of work, I got started on the gallery wall for our stair way. I originally planned to go with grey washed wood frames, but the color matched the wall too closely. Instead I decided to use a combination of frames that I already had on hand and painted them all varying shades of grey and gold. I love the way that it has turned out so far and can't to start adding photos to the collection.
Brad also got me the beautiful chandelier that I had been wanting for over my bath tub and hung it over the weekend. Its definitely the details that make a house into a home.
And speaking of decor, we have always left our Christmas decor up until New Years day, but this year we were ready to get it down the day after Christmas. I felt like we just needed a little breathing room and we had SO MANY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS that the clutter was starting to kill me. The tree is the only thing still up and it is coming down tomorrow. 
I am always a bit sad when Christmas is over, but I am ready for life to be back to normal. I am also ready for Spring, but I know that is a long way off! 


Christmas Home Tour

It is officially Christmas in the Carroll household! This year has been an exciting time as we have been unpacking all of our holiday decorations that we haven't laid eyes on in over 2 years. We were hoping to be moved in our house early last December, but because of delays in construction, we never made our timeline. I was really sad that we didn't get to pull out our stockings and favorite ornaments. Needless to say, we were a bit anxious to start decorating this year... so anxious, that we began decorating in early November. I know... we are those people! Just call us the Griswolds. 

The Dept. 56 village belonged to Brad's father and he has fond memories of the two of them arranging it every year. I originally claimed to not be a "village person," but it has begun to grow on me. 
We like to keep a few pricey bottles of wine on hand in case visitors stop by for happy hour. HAHA! only kidding

I have antlers all over the place, the perks of coming from an avid hunting family! These I dipped in gold leaf to make them a bit more festive.
 Sorry for the blinding light in some of these photos, it was a bit dark outside when I got around to taking them.

 Even though I keep this wreath out year round, is there anything more Christmasy than boxwood wreaths? 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thanksgiving Menu

Are you still browsing Pinterest for the perfect dishes to include in your family's Thanksgiving festivities? Well look no further! Try my awesome Mac and Cheese recipe, but be prepared to make it for the rest of your life, because EVERYONE will request it. While you're at it, you may want to make two pans...you know, just in case you want some for later ;) Also check out my Lemon Icebox Pie and Peanut Butter Silk Pie. Both are wonderful! If you try them out, come back here and let me know what you think!


Favorite Things - Winter 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you would see that we kind of jumped the gun on decorating for Christmas this year. Go ahead, judge away. In the past, we have normally waited until after Thanksgiving to get out the tree and tinsel. I used to think Brad was crazy when he would say that he wanted to start decorating at the beginning of November! After 6 years of marriage, my husband AKA Clark Griswold, has worn off on me.

We aren't completely decorated, but the exterior lights are up as is the tree. It is so exciting decorating a new house and I can't wait to add more details now that the bulk of the work is done.

Maybe you aren't crazy like us and ready to go overboard on Christmas decor just yet, but I found a few things below that I am loving. The bulk of my decor is red and metallic, so many of these items would fit in perfectly. Those agate cheese boards will be coming to live at my house!

Favorite Things

Favorite Things 

So, am I crazy? Have you started decorating yet or are you waiting until after Thanksgiving?


Warby Parker Winter 2014

I have a confession... up until a month ago, I had very little knowledge of fashionable eye glasses. I wore glasses as a teenager, but in my mid-twenties I had laser surgery to correct my vision. Out of sight out of mind I suppose... (no pun intended)

Like most of you, I sit in front of a computer all day, and I began realizing that it had taken its toll on my vision. After confirming my suspicions with the eye doctor, I began my hunt for the perfect frames. 

It had been a while since I had been shopping for glasses so I was thrilled to find that a lot has changed in eye wear! Glasses are trendy and unique, the perfect accessory. I came across the Warby Parker site and was enamored with the style and detail put into their frames. The eyeglasses and sunglasses are stunning. 

Warby Parker is launching their new winter line today and I wanted to share a few of my favorite selections with my readers. I also put together a cozy ensemble to coordinate with the season. I am excited to start coordinating glasses into my wardrobe!

Warby Parker Winter 2014