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A Surprise Weekend Visitor

Happy weekend everyone! I was absolutely thrilled to learn that I was getting a surprise weekend visitor from Florida!

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My mom!!! She booked a last minute flight to spend my birthday weekend with me (it’s Monday) and I’m SO happy to have her here! She hasn’t visited Charlotte since I bought my house almost 5 years ago!!! I took her to the farmers market with me today after I taught my AM yoga classes at OM to stock up on some summer stuff. We got a cantaloupe, tomatoes, kale, blackberries, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, beets, honey whole wheat bread and flowers.

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While we were there we enjoyed some delicious empanadas. I had Nutella and banana (to DIE for) and my mom had veggie. It was a nice little pre-lunch snack.

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Since we didn’t get home from the airport last night until nearly 8 p.m., I planned to cook dinner at home. I made balsamic glazed bone-in pork chops with caramelized shallots over goat cheese mashed cauliflower with green beans. It was my mom’s first time trying mashed cauliflower and she approved. I heard her telling my dad about it and commenting how he had to try making it so I take that as a stamp of approval!

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After the farmers market this morning we made tomato sandwiches for lunch at home and then got ready to go out to do some house shopping stuff. I wore this fun new elephant dress for the first time with my Erin McDermott Lucky Elephant Necklace. So matchy matchy. And how cute is my background star?

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Afternoon house activities were fun! I’m doing a little kitchen facelift and replacing my countertops with granite, putting in an under mount sink, having the cabinets repainted, changing the hardware and repainting the whole kitchen. I am so freaking excited! I spend so much time in the kitchen and this upgrade is long overdue. Now, if someone could just help me pick out granite. So overwhelming! I am leaning towards a shade of gray with gray cabinets and light walls. I need to get busy on Pinterest! And if anyone has a gray granite or quartz that they absolutely love, give me some recommendations!

We’re relaxing at home for a bit before evening massages and a casual dinner. What a nice day and so happy to have my mom with me! 🙂

Have a great weekend!


{ 11 comments… add one }
  • 1
    JennyV June 14, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Sounds like an amazing weekend! Your skin really is looking flawless. PS Love the sweet little photo bomber!!

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    elizabeth June 14, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I have granite similar to the one on the upper right and love it. My mom has plain black and its a nightmare to keep clean, shows every spot, but does look great when cleaned and polished.

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    Janine June 15, 2014, 2:18 am

    Love your taste! I have always wanted a white or gray quartz ith white or gray cabinets. Seems like you might like quartz because of the durability?

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share) June 15, 2014, 9:14 am

    So fun! Enjoy the time with your mom!

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    Chicago Jogger June 15, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Looks like a lovely weekend! Happy happy early birthday.

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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner June 15, 2014, 6:47 pm

    I’m so happy for you that your mom is able to visit! Enjoy your time with her. 🙂 Love the photobomb from Sullie. 🙂

  • 7
    Lauren June 15, 2014, 9:58 pm

    Pleeeease tell me where your elephant dress is from. Need it in my life immediately if not sooner!

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    Rajul June 15, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Try to get your granite from the remnant yard which will save you $!

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    Kim June 16, 2014, 12:07 pm

    How fun for you to update your kitchen! We have recently updated ours and used this as our inspiration http://www.ourbestbites.com/2013/02/saras-kitchen-tour/, my dream kitchen…
    White ice is the granite we liked best. I believe it was called something different at other locations. If you can use a remnant, you will save some $$$. Have fun designing!

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    Anna June 17, 2014, 2:31 pm

    try ceasarstone…it is amazing. has been recommened to me by countless designers. i am currently getting the concrete color in my house (white cabinets, brushed metal hardware, light grey walls). also, costco does very affordable countertops.

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    Julie June 17, 2014, 4:52 pm

    Good luck w/ you kitchen facelift – you will love it! Hope you had a happy b-day! The elephant dress & necklace is super cute!

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