Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Our 3rd Valentine's Day

This year made for our 3rd Valentine's Day together, and only our 2nd as husband and wife. Since we've had a lot going on over the last year, we agreed again that a date or two was all we needed to celebrate the day of love.

Adam surprised me a few days before the holiday with some gorgeous roses. It's been so nice to have them sitting in our kitchen to brighten things up a bit during this dreary time of year.

Our Valentine's Day started out with us sleeping in and then cooking breakfast together. We also had gotten each other a card. 

We had decided we'd work on a few odds and ends around the house during the afternoon, but our plans quickly changed when the center diamond on my engagement ring plopped out onto the counter.

After a few tears (mine) and a phone call to the store where he bought it (him), we were in the car heading over there to drop it off for repair. Fortunately, they were able to take care of it right away and all was well.

We got all dressed up and checked out a relatively new Nashville restaurant Noelle for our Valentine dinner. We had a delicious meal and then headed back home to cozy up for the rest of the evening.

The day after Valentine's Day, Adam told me he had planned a surprise date. We got in the car and after a drive across town, we arrive at Arrington Vineyards. He had planned for us to do a special wine, cheese and sweets tasting!

Everything was delicious, and we had a lot of fun trying everything together and chatting with some of the others who were doing the tasting with us. We ended up buying a few bottles to take home to enjoy later.

All in all, it was a really fun Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My First Stitch Fix - Feedback

I decided to try this whole Stitch Fix thing that everyone keeps talking about, and I was really impressed! I sort of hate shopping, and I really hate trying on item after item that doesn't fit. However, I could use some new items in my wardrobe and thought this might be a good way to make it happen without the hassle of the mall.

I am mostly writing this post so I can pin it to my style board and give even more feedback to my stylist. It's really cool you can link a Pinterest board so that they can see what you like in general, so I thought it'd be useful to show them pictures of me in the items.

I was impressed with how much I liked all 5 items when I took them out of the box. They were all very much my style to have been selected by someone who only had a Pinterest board and my style profile to know me from. It was all pretty spot on, and ultimately I only sent back so much of it because of small details that I'll expound on below.

People say that as you work through the first few fixes, they get even better at picking things you love - so I'm excited to try it again sometime.

Here are photos of me with the five items I received in my first box and my feedback:

These pants. I knew they were going to be too small when I held them up, even though they were marked as my size. They went beyond skinny jeans and felt like they were painted on. It was uncomfortable. They were also too long. Ironically, they were a perfect fit in my waist - which I have a hard time finding in pants.

I liked this sweater a lot, but I have another sweater that is VERY similar. So it was an easy decision to send this one back, too.

This sweater is the only item I kept. It's incredibly cozy, and I liked that it was unique from other more typical sweaters that I already own.

I really loved this top. I loved the colors, the stripes, and the sheerness. What I did not love was how the sleeves had points on them. I don't think they were made to be pointy, but the way the fabric was sewn together caused them to point up. It didn't seem promising that they would soften, and I'm not one to keep something that I have any sort of quirky issue with. I think if it had been sleeveless then I absolutely would have kept it.

Adam and I both liked this dress. Ultimately, it was just a bit pricier than what I want to spend on a casual dress of this type.

If you've never done Stitch Fix and want to try it, I highly recommend. They offer $25 account credits to folks when people sign up via a referral link, so here's mine if you want to check it out -

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birthday Shenanigans

This past weekend, we had a terrific time celebrating Connor's 7th birthday!

Adam's mom also has a birthday around this same time, just a few days after Connor's. So on Thursday evening, we took everyone to the Predators game. Sadly, they lost - but we still had a lot of fun!

Friday evening we just hung around the house, and we started Saturday morning with breakfast from Chick-fil-A (a family favorite!) We knew that Connor and Gram both would enjoy an afternoon together for both of their birthdays, so we dropped Connor off and headed to another Preds game for a few hours. This time they won!

After the game, we met up with Gram, Connor and my parents and sister at Rainforest Cafe for little man's special birthday dinner. He loved the restaurant and all of the rainforest decor!

After dinner, we headed back to the house for presents! He loved all the fun things that we all picked out for him. 

One of the things that Adam has done for Connor every year is "adopt" an animal for him through World Wildlife Fund. You get a stuffed animal when you do, so he has all of them on his bed. This year we picked out the elephant, and he loved it!

Adam and I also got him a Home Depot work bench two birthdays ago, so this year we got him a toolbox and another set of a bunch of really awesome tools. He is so excited about them!

On Sunday, we had all of his friends from the neighborhood over to have some cake and then play in the back yard since it was a reasonably nice day. He had a blast!

It was such a fun weekend! It's crazy to think he was just a 4-year-old little squirt when I met him, and now he's a little man!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Our Son is Seven!

On January 31st, our son Connor turned seven!

It's hard to believe he's already gone from a little 4-year-old squirt when I first met him to this tall, smart kid! It's crazy how quickly time passes.

This year, he had his birthday day with his mom, so we're doing most of our celebrations when he's home this weekend. However, we did go to school on Friday (the day before his birthday) to have lunch with him and take a few treats to his class. We had so much fun!

On Saturday, we spent some time on the phone with him to wish him happy birthday and to call all the grandparents and my sister so that they could do the same. It was so cute to hear how excited he was about his special day!

January 31st is not just Conno'rs birthday. It's also the day Adam became a daddy! So we spent our afternoon celebrating this fact by checking out some places around Nashville that we've never been to before.  We spent some time first exploring Marathon Village, wandering in and out of the cute shops.

We also toured the Greenbrier Distillery. It was really neat because the distillery was reopened after over 100 years last year. It'll be a few years before they actually have their product ready, but it was cool to tour and try their white whiskey.

We wandered around Centennial Park for a bit to kill some time, and we decided we'll have to come sometime when it's pretty outside and do a picnic in the park and actually go inside The Parthenon.

I don't have any pictures, but we concluded our day with a tour at Black Abbey Brewery. It's a relatively new brewery in Nashville, and we enjoyed our sample.

It made for a pretty fun day, but we can't wait for Connor to get home tomorrow and start a weekend of celebrating him!