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Stay: The Abernathy in Clemson, SC

August 11, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Travel






Last weekend we packed up our stuff and headed to my old stomping grounds, Clemson, SC, to stay at The Abernathy for a night away. A night to refresh was just what I needed, and I felt like a new person when we got home.

If you’re a Clemson Tiger fan, or plan on going to any football games this fall, then I would highly recommend staying at The Abernathy. It is a Clemson fan’s dream hotel. Number one, it’s a few steps away from the stadium. Number two, there are so many beautiful Clemson elements weaved into the hotel. The walls are a very subtle, calming lavender gray color and there are accents of purple and orange throughout the hotel. For instance, the ceiling when you first walk in is a soft peach! So pretty. I can’t get over how elegant the hotel felt, and the subtle Clemson theme was the perfect touch.

There’s also a bar and little cafe downstairs, which is perfect for a drink before going out to dinner. Seriously, it’s so cute.

I also had the brilliant idea of instead of driving into Clemson for the day (if you’re local), stay at The Abernathy and you’ll get to bypass all the insane parking, after the game when you’re exhausted you can go straight to bed and crash and don’t have to sit in traffic for hours trying to get home, AND you can tailgate in the room (where there’s a big screen TV), instead of standing in the hot hot heat. Refrigerators, bathroom, AC…sounds like dream tailgating to me ;).

The Abernathy Hotel at Clemson
157 Old Greenville Hwy
Clemson, SC 29631

What to Pack For a Day at the Beach With a Toddler

July 27, 2017

Filed Under : Motherhood - Travel

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It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the beach since our first trip with her last summer. It’s definitely a game changer being at the beach with kids, though, so I thought I would share with you guys what to pack for a day at the beach with a toddler, to make the day go smoother, and what all has worked for us.

As much work as it can be to manage a day at the beach with toddlers, it’s so worth it to see the joy on their face and watch all the fun they have. We made so many fun memories this year, and I’m already thinking about next year!

 

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Sunscreen // We always make sure to have 50 SPF on hand, and we are a big fan of babyganics.

Beach Tent // Having a large tent, versus just an umbrella, gives a lot of shaded space that little ones can play and sit, without having to be exposed to the sun all day. We’ll put our tent up in the morning, and leave it up all day until dinner.

Sand Toys // A set of beach toys are $5, so super cheap and a must have. I’d also recommend getting a set with a bucket, as filling buckets up with water and emptying it out again always seems to be a hit, ha.

Soccer Ball // When the tide is low, we love to run around and kick the soccer ball. There’s so much space, and I think soccer is an underrated beach sport!

Yeti Cooler // Make sure to stock up on water and snacks for the day. We’ll also pack lunch sometimes so we don’t have to go back up to the house. We had a yeti cooler on our last trip and was so impressed with how cold it kept everything.

Toddler Beach Chair // We didn’t think to bring a beach chair for Piper last trip, but we definitely will next time. She always tried to sneak and steal our chairs, which was so cute. I think she’d love to have her own!

Water Shoes // If you’re at a beach that is particularly ‘shelly’, it’s a really good idea to have water shoes for them to prevent cuts and achy feet. If the sand is really hot, having water shoes can also help keep their feet cool.

Some other things I’d recommend, is renting an ocean front house when possible. Being on the ocean makes the biggest difference, especially if you’re juggling nap times. It also makes it much easier to tote everything back and forth to the beach.

If you aren’t oceanfront, I’d definitely recommend renting a golf cart or bringing a wagon to wheel everything down to the beach.

And the most important of all, bring grandma! ;)

Life’s a Beach

July 3, 2017

Filed Under : Style - Travel

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Coverup: ASOS | Bathing suit top: Goodnight macaroon | Bathing suit bottoms: ASOS (similar) | Hat: Brixton | Sunglasses: Le Spec

We are back from a week at the beach with family. My absolute favorite time on the beach is 4:30 or so until sunset. The sun’s going down, the beach traffic has slowed down, tide is low, and the temperatures are just perfect. Since Piper goes to bed at 7, we’d push the envelope every night and stay out there as late as we all possibly could. Piper was so content running and chasing birds, sprinting into the ocean (with mom and dad right behind), and playing in the sand. I loved seeing my girl with a heart for the water, just like her mama. It was such a fun, laid back beach trip. We were in our suits until after we put Piper down for bed, and would have a late dinner by candlelight and chat for hours before going to bed ourselves.

I absolutely love this coverup and wanted to share it with you guys. It’s so flowy and elegant, and makes you feel put together on the beach even when you’re sweaty and sandy, and your hair is a mess. I’m also obsessed with this color lately, so when I saw it in olive I had to get it!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, and have a great 4th of July!!

The Importance of Getting Away With Your Spouse

June 16, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Style - Travel

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Dress: Goodnight Macaroon | Sunglasses: Le Spec | Earrings: Hart | Lips: Stila in ‘Patina’ | Hair products: Wilson’s on Washington

There’s no doubt about it, marriage is tough. I remember as a young 20 year old, newly engaged, looking at my mom and telling her “Scofield and I will never fight.” ha!!!! So young. So naive. As hard as marriage is, though, it gets better and better as the days and years go by. We are 5 years in, and I’ve never been more in love with him.

Whether it’s a smooth or bumpy season, we’ve learned a few tricks over the years that have made all the difference in our relationship.

One non-negotiable is that we take a trip away 4x/year (so, once a quarter). Now that we have Piper, they aren’t always by ourselves, but we make two trips just the two of us. Taking one of those trips at our anniversary in May, and another one around my birthday in November has worked really well for us. Even if we run out of time, or can’t fit a full getaway into our budget, we’ll opt for an overnight staycation at a fun hotel or airnb. The goal is to get out of the house, just the two of us, and really focus on each other and our marriage.

We recently spent our anniversary out on the lake and spent upward of our 48 hours away on the screened in porch. We both came home refreshed, re-energized, and united.

It can be hard to make time to get away, but it’s worth every ounce of energy. Here are some tips that have helped us commit to, and get the most out of our getaways…

1 | Plan ahead. We are so bad about planning things last minutes, but have found its so much easier when we plan ahead. We’ve been trying to look at the entire year before us and pick a date and place well in advance. It gives us something to look forward to, and keeps us committed!

2 | Find childcare. I had so much guilt the first time I left Piper, but it ended up being so good for both us and her. She had the best time with her grandparents, they loved having her, and we loved getting a break ;). As hard as it can be to leave Piper, I firmly believe it helps me be a better mom.

3 | Come with an agenda. This one might not be for everyone, but we always come with a list of things to discuss regarding our marriage, personal growth, and family. Areas we feel like we need to improve, goals we’d like to set, and action steps to get there. This might sound a little exhausting, and in some ways it is ;), but its worth the return.

4 | Make room for spontaneity. Even though we have a list of things we want to make sure we talk about, we make sure to leave part of our trip unplanned. This allows us to decide if we’re in the mood for going to dinner, eating in, watching a movie, or sleeping in, etc.

5 | Embrace adventure. One of the values for our family is “adventure.” We love to take trips, go on hikes, explore our town, and its a value we want to teach Piper. We have a ‘bucket list,’ so to speak, of places we’d like to visit and trips we’d like to take. This aspect of adventure makes allows us to create memories we’ll never forget and cherish together forever.

I hope this is helpful! I’d love to hear about your favorite getaways!!

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