Life Lately

Ah! You guys! How has it been so long since I've blogged last?! The last few weeks, and months really, have gotten away from me and the blog has really fallen by the wayside. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday season that is quickly approaching. Here's what we've been up to recently: 

At the beginning of October (I think, ha! I honestly can't remember the date) we drove to Greenville to spend the day and get our Christmas card / anniversary photos taken. Murph missed out on the Christmas photos last year, so we were sure to include the crazy fella this year. We got some great photos and had a nice fall day strolling around Greenville. Murph was crazy on the car ride, per usual, but he did a pretty good job walking around down town. He was out like a light after a long day on the road. 

Speaking of Christmas cards, we used Vista Print for ours again this year and they came in a little over a week ago. We are set on cards, now to address and get in the mail in a couple of weeks! 

We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for part of Josh's family this weekend and I have been working hard to get everything in order. We've done all our food shopping, now just to clean the house really well and decorate! I LOVE HOSTING DINNERS so obviously, I can't wait to feed my in-laws and have them in our home to celebrate a holiday. I'm trying my hand at a turkey again this year, and feeling fairly confident after my bird turned out well last go round. Here's to hoping everything is a good this year as it was for friendsgiving last year! Mom and dad handed down their china to me and Josh after we got married, and we haven't had a big event to use it for yet, nor much storage but we went and picked it all up last weekend to use for Thanksgiving. The set was short a few salad plates and bowls, so I looked on eBay and found the exact number of each that we needed to complete the set! I can't wait until they come in. I'm over the moon to have moms china and have these pieces that have been passed down.  

I'm getting so excited for Christmas and can't wait until we get to put up our tree and decorate the outside of the house after Thanksgiving. I always say it, but this is just such a fun time of year and it always sneaks up on me. Holiday outings and events have already started around town and last week we spent a night out with friends strolling through shops, listening to carolers and having a nice dinner. This week at work we are participating in a fun holiday event to really kick start the season, so we are hard at work turning our place into a winter wonderland! 

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and enjoys time with their family!


Our Trip To Dallas

This post has been written for...close to a month now, and I've finally gotten my act together to get it posted. Happy Sunday friends, here's to hoping we all have a great start to the work week!

We had the best time visiting Dallas, and a few other places in Texas. We flew from Charlotte to Dallas Love Field, and we both liked the airport in Dallas. It was easy to navigate and we rented a car from the Enterprise on site. A shuttle took us right there after we got off our flight, and it was such an easy process. We also flew Southwest for the first time and after a little blip on our end for our flight to Dallas, we figured out Southwest's system and had an easy flight back. Also, shout out to Southwest for streaming my Housewives on Bravo the whole flight. I'm sure Josh would want me to mention he watched football and golf, ha!

Our first full day in Dallas we spent at ATT Stadium at the Cowboys season opener. No matter if you are a Cowboy fan or not, if you're in Dallas during football season and the Cowboys have a home game...GO! I'm not kidding, you need to go. ATT Stadium was one of the craziest places I've ever been, and it was just massive and overwhelming. I mean, we ate our nachos chilling on a couch in the middle of the stadium before the game started, it was certainly an experience. They also do a big pregame show in their Miller Lite Plaza and there were DJs and performers, and concessions and everything in between. I'm also fairly certain I saw a least 7 DJs in different areas of the stadium once we were inside. It was kind of like a big party the whole time. We had such a great time and I really hope we are able to go back to another game one day.

On our second day in Dallas we went to Topgolf, per Josh's request. We went in the morning so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was a lot of fun and sort of like bowling...but golfing...if that makes any sense, haha! After we finished up at Topgolf, we went in to downtown Dallas and visited the JFK Museum. Josh and I both thoroughly enjoyed going through the museum and seeing such a large part of America's history. It's always surreal to see the actual places where history took place. There was a big "X" in the middle of the road where Kennedy was shot and the part of the library where they believed Lee Harvey Oswald was perched was glassed off. It was eerie and fascinating all at the same time. After finishing up at the museum, we wandering around downtown Dallas going in a few shops and checking out their downtown area. We finished up the day visiting Reunion Tower where we were able to see the whole city. 

We hoped in our rental car on Tuesday, our third day, and headed south to Waco to visit...I'm sure you can guess...Magnolia Market! I may or may have gasped when we rounded the corner and saw the Silos :) Dramatic, I know. We had such a fun and leisurely day at Magnolia. I'm so glad we chose to go on a Tuesday, it wasn't a bit packed and we were able to navigate the store and the grounds with ease, which I know enhanced the experience for us. Not one detail of the grounds were overlooked and it truly was an experience. It was all perfectly "Joanna". We bought a few things in the store, then headed to the bakery where we had chocolate chip cookies that were bigger than our faces and I also had a lemon and lavender cupcake and I say this in all honesty, it was the best cupcake I have ever had. It was the perfect amount of sweet and tart and just wonderful altogether. Also, a fun note about the bakery is that they give you a card to mark exactly what you want when you go in, so that when we get in line you just pass your car to the cashier and go on your way to the pick up line. I can imagine this really helps with bottle necking on busy Saturdays. We ate at one of the food trucks on site, Milo, and if you ever go, get the truffle fries. Pure goodness! After seeing all that Magnolia had to offer, we got back in the car and headed north to Fort Worth.

Someone mentioned to me that Fort Worth did a cattle drive down one of the main roads and as soon as I heard "cattle", I knew we had to go. I never pass up an opportunity to see a cow...or a steer :) Fort Worth truly felt like we had been transported to the wild west. The Stock Yards screamed "old world" and I adored watching the cattle walk down the street. You are able to stand on the sidewalk and they just stroll right by you. We also went into the Stock Exchange which was really neat to see. They still have working offices in the exchange and we saw where they still do cattle auctions and trades today! We took a peek at the steer in their pens before they did the cattle drive and they were all taking a nap, it was so darn sweet! We were standing right by one when it woke up and started stretching. And as crazy as I know I sound, watching an animal that big being so sleepy and getting up to stretch its legs was just so.stinking.cute.

We had two really memorable meals in Dallas. One was mexican and one was BBQ. The mexican blew South Carolina's mexican food out of the water, oh my goodness it was heavenly. Also, we had beef brisket at the BBQ joint and I have no words. So delicious. So thumbs up to you, Texas, for the awesome mexican and BBQ. It's also so neat to see how different the landscape in Texas is. They don't have tons of huge trees lining their highways and roads like we do, so everything truly felt 10 times bigger than home. The expanse just went on and on and on, it felt like you could always see for miles and miles, no matter which way you looked. And a Texas sunset, my goodness, just stunning. 

We had such a fun trip and it was great to put a pause on reality for a few days. I know traveling isn't everyones cup of tea, but I am just so thankful for the opportunity to travel with Josh and get to experience the world together. Seeing new places, meeting new places, and taking new adventures just fill me up so much. Travel is always high on my list of priorities and I hope and pray that we are able to always travel together and create these fun memories. 


Blogtember Day 23: Family Recipe

My very favorite family recipe is my Granny Blanton's pound cake. I've blogged about it before and you can find the recipe here. I am a huge fan of pound cake, it's one of my favorite desserts! 

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It is the very best pound cake in the world, I promise you. You won't be a bit disappointed if you try out this pound cake, and I'm willing to bet if you tried it on your family and friends they'd be satisfied too! Everyone in our family is always begging Granny to make her pound cake for us and she happily gave me the recipe a couple of years ago. I know as she gets older it gets tougher to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so any time I can help out and make a pound cake I'm more than happy to! Although, my family would probably still say Granny has that magic touch that makes hers the very best, I'd like to think mine is a close second. 


Blogtember Day 9: A Trip

Wahoo, it's Friday! I hope you've had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend ahead! Today's prompt for Blogtember is: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

I would love to be able to travel to Australia one day. I'd love to learn a bit more about their history and of course see their beaches! Have any of you been before? 

What has been your favorite destination you've ever visited? I was able to go to England while I was in college, and I really hope that one day Josh and I can go together, I know he would love visiting and the history over there would just send his excitement over the edge! 

Have a fantastic weekend my friends!


Blogtember Day 8: House Tour

Hey friends, Happy Thursday! I'm really enjoying this link up and have got to get on sending comments back and visiting all the blogs! Hoping I may have some down time in the airport on Saturday on our way to Dallas to play a little catch up. Starting my new job this week meant beginning to adapt to a new routine and schedule, so I'm a little out of whack ;) 

I snapped these photos quickly last week of our house. It's on my to-do list to get some great photos of the house that we can treasure forever. We've been here three years now and feel very settled in to our style. I'd love to do a home shoot, maybe for our anniversary this year, and get photos of our home and us in it. I would treasure those forever! I only took one shot of our guest room, and not a very good one, none of our office and none of our outdoor space. I'm going to get some of out outdoor space ASAP. We've worked too hard on it to not show it off ;) haha! I hope you enjoy taking a little visit into our home. 

I'd describe our style as very Southern, lots of blues, whites and greens. We like for things to be comfortable and for the house to feel lived in. We like to decorate with pictures of ourselves and Murphy, ha! And we really love maps, hence the HUGE map of the Augusta National Golf Club on the wall in the kitchen. You are welcome, Joshua :) 

Welcome to the Colvin abode!


Blogtember Day 7: Joy

Let's jump right in with five things that bring me joy!


Weekends away with this gal! My mom and I are sort of attached at the hip. She's one of my very best friends and one of our favorite things to do together is to skip town a few weekends a year and go shopping. Currently we go to Charleston on Memorial Day weekend and in early September head up to Greenville. We actually just got back from our Greenville trip this past weekend. 


My husband, Josh. This one is certainly a no brainer, but I'm especially thankful for him this month as I think about us celebrating three years of marriage in just a few weeks. 


Murphy. This one doesn't need a whole bunch of explanation either but my goodness do Josh and I love the heck of out this dog. 


Our home. Our sweet little house brings me immense amounts of joy. I love having a place to come home to each day that is a safe haven, place of rest, and four walls that have and will continue to hold a lot of memories.

Cooking and baking! I have come to love spending time in my kitchen and I love preparing dinner each time to feed my husband, and I love when others gather in our home and I am able to feed them. 


Blogtember Day 6: Playlist

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I am starting my new job and I'm very excited to see where this new path leads and takes me. 

Today's prompt for Blogtember is a playlist. I listen to music pretty much constantly, but my favorite times are while I'm cleaning the house and when I'm cooking. I recently discovered Spotify this summer which I liked because I could pick specific songs to put on my playlist. However, I always end up back at my old faithful, Pandora, because I have curated the stations pretty well now and my jams are on repeat a lot :) I use the heck of out of my Oldies station on Pandora. 

Some of my favorite songs right now are: 

Wanna Be That Song // Brett Eldridge 
Blue // Keith Urban 
September // Earth, Wind & Fire (Always on my favorites list because it's our wedding song) 
Snapback // Old Dominion 
One Dance // Drake 
Holy Spirit // Francesca Battistelli
When We Were Young // Adele
Sara Smile // Hall & Oates 
If You See Him // Reba & Brooks and Dunn 

This is just a handful of songs, because I could honestly be here all day listing away :) 


Blogtember Day 5: Most Memorable Birthday

All of my birthdays have been wonderful, but funny enough this past birthday was one of my favorites in a long time. I blogged about it here

We were in Hilton Head for my birthday and we took a sunset dinner cruise with the Salty Dog Cafe. It was such a fun evening and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat if I could. We had awesome weather, albeit hot. The captain was so much fun, the crew was attentive and the other guests on the boat were the perfect companions for the evening. We were out for about an hour and forty five minutes cruising the ocean, almost into Savannah actually! The captain parked us in the middle of the water to watch the sunset and it was just stunning! We also had quite the dolphin show while we were out. It was such a fun evening with Josh, doing something that we don't get to do very often. The atmosphere was relaxed and the bartenders made delicious margaritas and daiquiris :) 

It's our plan to take this cruise every year from here on out!


Blogtember Day 4: Currently

Hey guys! Here's what I'm currently up to: 

Reading: This month's Southern Living Magazine 
Playing: Lots of country music on Pandora
Watching: The Real Housewives of New York Reunion #guiltypleasure 
Trying: To find new recipes to put in our dinner rotation
Cooking: Hmmm...well I made a peach cobbler last week so, baking :)
Eating: Fruit galore!
Drinking: Skinnygirl Margarita's mixed with a splash of Strawberry Lemonade. SO GOOD!
Calling: My mom, all the time, yapping for hours
Texting: My husband, using lots of funny emojis
Pinning: Fall decor, inside and out! And recipes, as always. 
Tweeting: About football 
Going: To Dallas next week!
Loving: Evenings on our patio
Hating: Mosquitos
Discovering: Hmm...I'm not sure about this one actually. 
Thinking: About my new job that starts on Tuesday! 
Feeling: Happy and content
Hoping: That the Gamecocks will have a decent football season
Listening (to): A combination of my oldies startion and my Brett Eldridge station on Pandora
Celebrating: Our 3 year anniversary this month!
Smelling: Pumpkin candles 
Thanking: God for His promises and unfailing love.
Considering: New Bible studies and devotionals to start for Fall 
Starting: My new job on Tuesday, very excited!
Finishing: Our plans to Dallas!


Blogtember Day 3: Summer Favorites

Summer always seem to pass so quickly for me but each year we always pack a few fun adventures in, while trying to do our best to survive in the sweltering South Carolina heat and humidity. 

This summer we went to Hilton Head for an extended weekend stay over my birthday. We stayed on a boat which was quite the adventure to say the least, and we took the best sunset dinner cruise for my birthday. It was truly such a fun evening and I could have stayed on that boat all night. While it was hot, watching the sunset from the middle of the ocean with my husband created such a sweet memory. It was definitely a birthday to remember and I can't wait to head back to HHI next summer and book the cruise again! I blogged about our trip here

We also took a quick trip to Edisto Island with Josh's family, it's always so much fun to be in Edisto because time truly does slow down it seems while we're there and Josh's grandparents live there! While we were there this year his mimi gave me her mac and cheese recipe, so that's my biggest takeaway from the trip ;) 

We took Murphy on plenty walks at the park, although those will really ramp up here soon when the weather starts to cool down and he can handle being out a bit longer. We also did a lot of work on our yard this summer. We built a patio, did tons of landscaping and general yard maintenance, laid sod, and sweated to death all the while. 

Other than that, we had a fairly laid back summer. We welcomed a sweet baby boy to our friend group, celebrated 4th of July with a party at our house, and really just took it easy.  Oh and I can't forget, we did squeeze in one concert this summer; we went to see Keith Urban in Charlotte. PSA: I love concerts and would go to know everyday if I could!

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4th of July Cookout

Woah buddy, two months late in sharing our 4th of July. Better late than never, right? The fourth of July was a hot one but we made the most of it with a cookout, a little corn hole and then a retreat inside while we watching the hot dog eating contest that was on TV...I could have done without the hot dog eating contest, but the men were controlling the remote ;) 

I love a good party and putting small touches on things to make them festive, of course the fourth was no different. We kept things simple and did hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade funfetti cupcakes and a fun fruit and cheese tray in the colors and shape of the American flag. Also, Murphy showed us his best corn hole moves, I had no idea he could play ;) 

To be budget conscience for parties while still trying to add a fun flare, I always use Pinterest to find a few fun and free printables. All of the ones I used for this party, I just printed on a regular printer on standard printer paper. I have a few of the black frames with the white mat laying around that are perfect to use for parties. I think I got them at KMart a few years ago for something like $5 a piece and I have certainly gotten my money's worth out of them! 

For the homemade funfetti cupcakes I used this recipe. (Both the cupcake and icing recipe, they turned out great and everyone loved them! So easy to make too.)

Blogtember Day 2: Goals

Before we get started I just have to yell GO GAMECOCKS! We started our season last night with our new head coach and brought home a W against Vandy, wahoo! Ok, now on to today's scheduled post :)

Today for Blogtember the prompt is to share your current goals, perfect timing here at the beginning of the month! Josh gave me a set of Lara Casey's Powersheets for Christmas last year and I did an awesome job at keeping up with them...until May, and I totally fell off the wagon. However, since I've got some down time at the beginning of this month, I dusted them off yesterday and got to goal setting. I like to set goals as well as list the things I know I'm doing that month that I'm looking forward to, so that is what you'll see below!

September Goals: 

- Enjoy our anniversary trip to Dallas
- Figure out and decide on anniversary photos
- Put some money away and get our finances back in order after a hectic summer (hello A/C going out - in the house AND my car)
- Make one new recipe
- Start a new Bible study and/or devotional
- Send a sweet friend a birthday gift
- Celebrate mom's birthday with dinner and a Carrie Underwood concert
- Start my new job and begin the learning and adjusting process

So there we go, a few good goals and events I'm looking forward to this month. I'd also like to maybe, potentially, kind of get started on a Christmas gift list. I say this every year, and don't typically get around to it until the beginning of November. However, maybe this year will be different and I'll be able to get my act together :)

My mom and I are off for a little girls weekend to Greenville, we started this tradition last year and had such a good time. We'll spend the weekend eating lots of good food and doing lots of good shopping, right up our alley :) I hope everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend!