Change for the better

change I found myself half way through last week thinking about the things that I wanted to accomplish and ways that I wanted to feel. I sometimes allow my brain to want too many things at once, which ends up leaving me frazzled and scattered instead of focused and determined. Then when I inevitably sit down on Friday night, too exhausted to actually do anything fun with the Mr, I am disappointed that I didn’t accomplish more. We all need to recognize that we place somewhat ridiculous goals on our to do list. Society tells us that we need to be stronger, prettier, more accomplished. If we aren’t keeping a perfect house while maintaining a size 0 and being relaxed enough to go out and have a good time at a mere mention of fun then we are failures. It’s kind of ridiculous. I’ve decided that I am going to simply do better for myself. I started instituting some changes this weekend and plan to bring more into my life as 2015 continues. It’s not solving the big problems of our day, but it is getting me closer to solving the problems in my days. Here is my sanity plan:

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Midweek evaluations

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Sometimes you are laying in bed and you think “at least it’s Saturday.”

Then you realize that it’s actually Wednesday and you have to get up and go to work. Oops.

The week is half over so it seems like a great chance to to reassess if we are all getting closer to accomplishing our goals.

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How to get water stain out of a wood table

Every once in a while something happens that makes you feel like a total moron. Not only do you feel dumb, you feel totally alone in your stupidity. Clearly no one else has managed to do this right? I had one of these epic meltdowns recently when I went to move something on our kitchen table and found this:

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That dear friends and readers, is a giant water stain. We had placed some flowers in a vase that I purchased from Target and put it on the table for a few days. While that may seem like a totally normal thing to do with a vase, apparently Target sometimes sells vases that shouldn’t actually hold water, as this one just leaked water under the base until the table was actually warped and stained.

To make matters worse, we have such a small place right now that this is our only table. As in when I want to sew? This table. The Mr works from home at this table. We eat dinner together at this table (sometimes..). So clearly this was a high stress situation.

I immediately took to Google to try to find out how I could possibly fix this, or at least mend it slightly. A large number of articles recommended putting mayonnaise on the stain. That sounded easy enough, except for the fact that we don’t keep mayo in the house since neither of us like it all that much. I kept looking until I found a solution that I could try with things I already owned (and planned to purchase some mayo later).

Bob Villa recommended a few different solutions. I was happy to see that the first solution involved a cotton towel and an iron. I own both of those! I took to the table with my warmed iron (Bob recommends low but I put my rather weak iron on medium) and slowly pressed down hoping that the water would evaporate out of the wood. After about 10 minutes here are the results:

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Not bad right?! The stain is still slightly raised but the difference is like night and day. The color is almost completely gone and to the naked eye you would never know that there was once a big stain right in the middle of the table.

I was so happy to see that the table wasn’t a complete wash. We are talking about talking about saving for a house right now and the thought of sinking money in to a new table when we don’t know where we’ll be living this time next year was just too sad to contemplate. So if you find yourself in a similar situation (and if so, my sympathies), try the iron trick and don’t be afraid to bump the iron heat up slightly! I used a towel so I think that protected my table as well.

Have a great week everyone!

 

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It’s time to conquer

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Somehow we have already wrapped up January and are diving head first in to February. It is slightly mind blowing since I feel like we were just ringing in the new year. I have been traveling a lot so far this year for work, and have felt pretty scattered. Now that things have settled down I would like to really tuck in to accomplishing some of my goals for 2015 and sharing my progress on here!

So starting this week, I am ready to conquer and start checking things off of that to do list! Who is with me?!

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Savannah Sunshine

We were lucky enough to get good weather on one day in Savannah. It was almost enough to make up for the constant rain and fog on the other days (almost…). We took advantage and saw more of the sights.

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It is amazing how much difference some sunshine can make when looking at the fountains in the public squares. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day wandering around in a town filled with locations like this?

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We also made sure to stop by a Savannah legend: Leopold’s Ice Cream. We had heard that this was THE place to visit. The small ice cream shop invented Tutti Frutti ice cream and had a pretty long line when we arrived:

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We checked out the wall of signed head shots from celebrities that have either visited or worked with them (apparently Leopold’s has quite the Hollywood ties):

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You can sit at a table or take your ice cream for a walk. There’s a lovely small old timey feeling to the place.

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While one of my favorite eats in Savannah, Leopold’s did not take the crown of my all over favorite. That award goes to the Gryphon Tea Room. Owned by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Gryphon has a host of amazing tea, delicious food, and unique decor. All of the servers are students at SCAD so you are also supporting the arts community through dining there.

It is housed in a former pharmacy where they left all of the original wood work and stained glass (including Tiffany glass lights). Check out the beautiful installation in the middle of the dining room:

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Suffice to say, this was not a CVS type of pharmacy. If you’re in Savannah you have to stop by.

We also found the most amazing furniture store.

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24E Design Co, housed in a two story building in the main shopping area of town, is perhaps the most unique design company I’ve ever seen. Some of our favorite pieces were from them taking parts of boats and airplanes to make unique and beautiful furniture. There were more things that I wanted to purchase than I could count. The Mr was particularly taken by this table:

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When we have a larger house to furnish, I think we will see what we can get from 24e. We pretty much wanted everything they were selling.
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I had the most amazing time in Savannah, even with the absolutely awful weather for the majority of the trip. We already have plans to return and hit up some of the attractions that we didn’t get to see. The outdoor spaces are beautiful, the art scene is thriving, and the food is amazing. You can’t really ask for anything more than that.

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Savannah Showers

To say that the weather was challenging during our visit to Savannah would be a slight understatement. We were there for 7 days. It rained, sometimes very heavily, for 6 of those days. But since this is the place I’ve always wanted to visit, we weren’t going to let some rain get us down.

We decided after glancing at a map to take off and wander around the river front area of Savannah. You can get around to almost everything worth seeing just by walking. So while we gorged ourselves on delicious food, we managed to stay active and feel great the entire trip (a big in my book).

As we wandered around from square to square, we were able to learn a lot about the history of the city. Here are some of our favorite sights from our long walks… IMG_2684

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We were able to take a stop in one particular square…

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They filmed the Forrest Gump park bench scenes in this square. Unfortunately, they had to remove the bench because people kept trying to steal it. The Mr is a HUGE Forrest Gump fan, so we spent a good bit of time wandering around the square, comparing what we were seeing to what we remembered from the film and what we could pull up on our phones. How did people ever travel without smart phones?!IMG_2603

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Mickve Israel Temple, described as third oldest congregation and only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S. You can see the how lovely the sky was in the background.IMG_3520

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Tomorrow I’ll show you what it looks like when the sun actually shines, and share our favorite place to eat in town!

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Wandering Heart: Spending the Holidays in Savannah

This post was supposed to appear on Monday morning! Not sure why it didn’t, but this should clarify why yesterday was Savannah part 2!

Everyone has a place that they think about visiting on a yearly basis. When the topic of a long weekend comes up? You suggest the dream location. When yet another friend is having a bachelorette or wedding? You secretly hope for the dream location. At some point you forget what first made you want to visit, you just know that you need to.

My dream location has always been Savannah, Georgia. Growing up in Florida, I lived close enough that I could have visited whenever I wanted. That of course didn’t mean that I did. I waited until I moved far enough away that a flight was needed. The Mr. and I were looking to find a location to do a combined holiday season with both of our families, and I of course suggested Savannah. Unlike every other time that I have suggested it, this time it stuck. The Mr. and I spent an entire week there, while our families joined for  just a couple of days. When we arrived, we were immediately surrounded by Christmas cheer. The entire hotel was decked out with Christmas decorations.

We stayed at the Westin. When rendered in gingerbread, the hotel looks a little like this:

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The entire lobby was filled with gingerbread houses from a yearly competition. Strolling through the lobby was enough to put us in the perfect Christmas mindset.

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I would categorize the display into two categories: traditional and inventive.

Traditional (buildings/homes):

First Place House
              The Blue Ribbon Winner

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Inventive:

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Eiffel TowerPigs and Cow

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Let’s be honest though. There was on clear winner in my book:

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Making a full football stadium with all of the SEC school logos must have taken forever. I may be biased, but I think this one clearly deserved an award or 8.

Check back tomorrow for more on our week in Savannah!



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Savannah Part 2

Despite always wanting to visit Savannah, I wasn’t able to send enough good juju to make the weather pleasant for our trip. I wasn’t about to let some rain bring me down, so on our first full day in Savannah, the Mr. and I took off for a long walk with breakfast as our reward for braving the rain.

We walked and walked until we found ourselves at Clary’s, a well known local eatery that featured heavily in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (which we may have watched in the hotel on one of the rainy nights of our vacation…)

When you walk in you immediately see a beautiful stained glass in the dining room featuring the infamous Bird Girl statue. The statue appears on the cover of the book and on the movie poster.

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The statue became so famous that it had to be moved from a family burial plot in a local cemetery out of concerns for the amount of traffic it was bringing in.

We had the best breakfast of our entire trip at Clary’s.

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I recommend the Eggs Benedict. They are spectacular. The entire menu was priced well and some of the options sounded downright decadent (stuffed french toast for example). If you go to Savannah, you simply must make a visit.

After we gorged ourselves on breakfast, we set about to walking off some of the fullness. It appeared that everywhere we looked there was something adorable to catch our eye.

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IMG_2610The streets are beautiful with spanish moss hanging everywhere. Even in the rain it was beautiful.

There were Christmas decorations in the city’s many squares…
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and on many of the homes…


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We walked for what felt like hours and took in much of the beauty of the city. Tomorrow I will share with you our favorite squares…

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone! I refuse to start another year with promises about posting more or certain types of posts that I’ll be writing in the coming months. Instead I will just wish you a happy new year and hope to see you soon!

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Annual Pumpkin Carving!

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Well it wouldn’t be October without the Mr. and I carving a pumpkin. We waited until sort of late this year, but we still got it in.

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Don’t mind the mess on the table or the Gilmore Girls in the background.

We cleaned out the pumpkin, chose our stencil and got to work:

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We chose a headless horseman this year. The Gators are making me sad, so I just couldn’t bring myself to do a UF pumpkin. Plus I carved Muschamp when we had an 11 win season and then he immediately started failing. I can’t risk the chance that my pumpkin carving curses coaches. Then again, maybe next year I’ll pick a few coaches from other schools to carve….

 

Here’s the finished project:

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I really liked how it came out. Much easier than carving a face! Plus I think it’s just the right amount of creepy for the holiday. What did you carve this year?

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