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The Importance of Getting Away With Your Spouse

June 16, 2017

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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!!

Getaway to Holden Beach

April 28, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Travel

Holden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaHolden Beach - Love LolaWe had the most fabulous little stay at Holden Beach, NC recently, and I thought I would share a few snapshots. I’m so sad I didn’t take more pictures, but we really did just disconnect from the world and connect with our friends. So maybe I’m not so sad after all ;)

It was our first time leaving Piper for almost a full week, and it was way harder than I expected, but also much needed. I definitely feel like little getaways with your spouse to focus on each other help you to be a better wife and mom. So thankful to have family nearby than can love on her while we’re away.

One evening during our trip we decided to head out for some mini golf and ice cream. We found a cute little spot, that turns out had a super fun story behind it! After playing golf we heard all about ‘Putter’ the squirrel, who apparently is big news! You can see more about their little squirrel here. Who woulda guessed!

We’re back in the swing of our regular routine, but already planning next year’s trip ;)

Happy Friday!

Inn on the Beach

November 29, 2016

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We are back from a few days away, along the gulf coast of Florida. It was our first trip, just Scofield and I, since Piper was born. It was just as hard as I imagined it would be to leave her for a few nights, but it was also very needed. We slept in, lounged on the beach, and went out for dinner late at night. It was glorious!

We visited St. Pete Beach, which is the cutest little town in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area. It was quiet and peaceful, yet also full of character with so much to see. When we were planning our trip I was a little bit bummed because we didn’t have time to get away until mid November. What we quickly came to realize is that the St. Pete Beach area literally has an endless summer…like heaven on earth status. It was 75 degrees and sunny with clear skies our entire stay. And, since it was the fall, there weren’t crazy crowds on the beach or long waits at restaurants. I mean, pinch me! If you want to escape the cold and winter blues, consider the gulf coast your new best friend.

We spent most of the trip relaxing and hanging out on the beach, but there are so many fun options for activities in the area. A few recommendations below…

Sites to see:
Dali Museum – We didn’t get to visit this trip, but I’ve heard wonderful things about this museum. Even if you’re not typically into visiting museums, this one will change your mind.
Pier 60 – This pier in Clearwater has beautiful views and holds nightly festivals.
Crystal River –  It’s about a 2 hour drive from St. Pete to the springs, and worth the drive if you have a long enough stay. I grew up taking family vacations to Florida, and we would always go swimming at the the different springs. They are so beautiful, and there is nothing in the world like them. Completely clear water, and if you go in the cooler months (which I recommend), you can even see/swim with manatees!
And of course, Go to the beach! – The sand was white, the water clear, cool, and calm. Absolutely stunning! This was our favorite part of the trip. St. Pete Beach has been a top rated beach multiple times, and needs to be experienced by all
Don Cesar Hotel – This ‘pink palace’ is a site to see, even if you don’t stay overnight. Take a walk on the beach to admire it, or book a day at the spa.

Where to eat:
Wildflower Cafe – If you are a sucker for brunch like me, then you’ll love the Wildflower Cafe. If you visit, be sure to try their Wildflower Signature Crepe.
Lighthouse Donuts – Nothing calls for donuts like vacation, am I right!?
Snappers Sea Grille – We went here for dinner one night, and it did not disappoint! It had the cutest atmosphere, with outdoor seating, romantic lighting, and beautiful decor. I ordered the coconut crusted mahi mahi with a mango chutney over a fried banana. All of the flavor combinations on the menu were on point.
Seared 1200 Chophouse – If you aren’t into seafood, this is a great option for you. I hear it’s much like Snappers Sea Grille, but with steak instead!

Where to stay:
Inn on the Beach – This is where we stayed, and I cannot say enough about it! It is a beautifully renovated inn, that had me swooning over every detail. There is a main building, with all of the rooms, and then two separate properties you can also rent. We stayed in the cottage, and fell head over heels! The kitchen was on point, and the king size bed was calling my name all week (#momlife). If you’re hoping to relax, the cottage is the perfect place to do it. My favorite part was the private patio connected to the cottage. It was surrounded by tropical foliage that made it extremely private, a walk way, a place to sit and have your coffee, or a table for dinner. It was so beautiful and cozy, and seriously guys, I was so in love! If you make your way to St. Pete Beach, I highly recommend the inn.

Now, back to the cold winter months. But it’s all good because, HELLO CHRISTMAS!

Thank you so much to Inn on the Beach for having us!

30A Florida Travel Guide

October 7, 2016

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Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaWe wrapped up the summer with a trip down south to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. We spent the week among friends, babies, and a beautiful ocean view. I can’t think of a better way to finish off the summer and head into fall. I immediately fell in love with the Santa Rosa, Seaside, Rosemary beach area, and am already talking to Scofield about going back!

In between card games and nap schedules, Scofield and I snuck off for a few hours and explored highway 30-A. I thought I’d put together a little travel guide of some of the things we enjoyed, and places to visit if you ever visit the Highway 30-A area!Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola1 | Visit the beach … obviously! I could not get over the white sand and the beautiful water. The older I get, the more the beach wins me over, and its a vacation I look forward to every year. We typically vacation at SC beaches, so visiting the clear, beautiful gulf felt like a special treat.Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola2 | Charlie’s Donut Truck – One thing the Santa Rosa area does well is food trucks. We loved visiting this cute donut truck for a mid afternoon treat. I tried the maple bacon, which was everything my sweet + salty dreams are made of!Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola3 | Fonville Press was my kind of place … coffee by day, wine by night ;) (yes, please!). I loved the sleek, beautiful design and would have hung out there all day if the white sandy beaches weren’t calling my name!Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola4 | Where to eat:  My top restaurant picks definitely have to be the Food Trucks in Seaside and the Shrimp Shack. The Shrimp Shack is known for their lobster roll, and the food trucks have a lot of variety to choose from! I love that you can be sitting on the beach, then throw on some sandals and walk across the street to grab some food from a food truck, then head right back down to the water.Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola5 | Visit all the surrounding towns…We stayed in Santa Rosa Beach, but spent some time visiting Seaside, Alys Beach, and Rosemary Beach. Each little town was so unique, and different from each other…and they were all so beautiful! Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola6 | Ride bikes along the 30-A strip. We drove down the highway, but there were people around biking every where … it looked like so much fun! I completed a triathlon (back in the day!) and fell in love with biking … I never make time for it, but it’s definitely something I want to do more of.Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaThere you have it … my little travel guide to Santa Rosa Beach and the beautiful 30A, Florida. This trip was worth every bit of travel, and I didn’t stop talking about it for weeks after we got home. If you ever visit, I’d love to hear your favorite spots, too!

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