Friday, January 13, 2017

Highlights and Favorites 2016

Green Man taproom in Asheville
The second half of 2016 passed in a flash! We missed blogging and talked about it whenever we were together but days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and here we are in January 2017. This is the time when resolutions are made and we attempt to bring about positive change in ourselves and the world around us.  One of our resolutions was to start posting again on WMTH and in doing so be more honest (for more on this click here).  We had good times traveling, drinking, eating and hearing some great live music but those were the exclamation points.  There was a lot of real life in the middle and we are intent on sharing that as well.

Last August, we were able to sneak away for an overnight in Asheville after dropping our kids at camp.  I had not visited Asheville in almost ten years and a lot has changed! There were so many new restaurants and breweries to visit.  Hotel prices in Asheville are pretty steep but we were able to find a good last minute deal at Aloft.  If you have not visited Asheville in a while or ever, it is worth the trip.

It would not feel like fall without a Jason Isbell show in the books.  Emily and I were holding out for him to announce another October show at the Ryman but it did not happen.  Fortunately, we were able to see him in Mobile.  We loaded up the Seville bus with several other couples and made the hour long drive on a Friday night in September.  No photo documentation because we were in the moment (aka talking and sipping champagne) but scroll to the bottom of this post for a video from the show.  Also, we always feel a little goofy taking pictures of each other in front of other people.

Now on to a few new favorites in the skin care department.  Have you heard of Drunk Elephant?  I'm in love with this line.  I use the C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Gel, TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and the Virgin Marula Facial Oil.  Click the links at the bottom of this post if you are in search of a new skin care routine.  I am still seeking an eye cream that actually provides results.  Just finished Clarins Extra Firming Eye Cream with no visible improvement.  If you have one you love, do tell!  On a positive note, I have found a great under-eye concealer in Kat Von D's lock-it concealer creme.

The #1 thing that I am most excited to share from 2016 will have to wait until next time.  Until then, keep moving forward.  I love this quote from Craig Sager's speech at the 2016 ESPY Awards...

"If I've learned anything through all of this, it's that each and every day is a canvas, waiting to be painted-an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning."

Wicked Weed's Funkatorium in Asheville
Fried Green Tomatoes at Chestnut in Asheville
Remember that small dog from last spring? Here she is now, 50lbs+. She's a sweet mess.
Rooftop sunset at The Henderson in Destin.


Meet @ the Barre


  1. Kids are really growing and so adorable….Pearl has turned out to be a gorgeous dog! Thanks for sharing. Beth Warner

  2. so excited to have you both back and even happier that you took time to enjoy life. Can't wait to hear all about what's coming up for 2017.

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    1. Thank you, Whitney! That's really sweet of you to say! I look forward to catching up with your blog too.
      XO, Traci

  3. Ooh those fried green tomatoes look so good!

    1. Oh and they tasted even better than they look! Thanks for stopping by our blog :)
      xo, Traci

  4. I'm dying to try something from Drunk Elephant! Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    1. You should! They have some small packs where you get a few products to try. I love it! Thanks for stopping by!