Big Birthday Weekend

I couldn't let my husband's 40th birthday pass by without documenting it here on the blog - after all, he has always been and will always be the biggest supporter of the blog! Besides being a constant rock to me and my small business, he's the best husband around! So, naturally I had to go big for his big birthday. 

Starting with a very subtle surprise birthday message in our front yard curtesy of Happy Sign Surprise.

We also hosted a small celebration/ping pong tournament in our backyard for some of his closest friends. We rented the ping pong tables through Thunderdome Racing and borrowed all the extra heaters we could find. The chilly weekend didn't put a damper on the festivities!

Of course, no 40th birthday party is complete without a new outfit. T-shirt curtesy of Vistaprint.

The majority of the food was catered by Vic the Chili Man - best hotdogs in Charlotte - you can find his cart uptown most days...but if you ask nice, he might bring it to your house! We loved all of his creations. Plus, the cart was really cool.

At John's request we made guacamole, truffled popcorn , winter slaw and finished off the night with a custom s'more bar inspired by The Kitchn.

I have to say it was a pretty perfect evening of good friends coming together to celebrate a pretty good guy! Ok, he's better than pretty good...

After a full day of recovery, we celebrated with a homemade Carrot Cake for Two (that I actually doubled to serve 4, but now we have leftovers! Backfire.)

After the jam packed weekend and the time change, we're all struggling this Monday morning - but it was worth it! Happy Birthday to my amazing husband! Love you.

More to come...

EPIC tour

Last 4th of July weekend we moved from Chicago to Charlotte. This 4th of July weekend we celebrated by embarking on (what I'm hoping will be) a truly epic road trip. 

Remember this image from last years big trip? Fortunately, I got the load down to a more manageable level this year.

We'll be visiting 4 cities, in 3 states, over the course of 4 weeks. 
The girls and I will be staying with family along the way, while John pops in from time to time to partake in the festivities. We're excited, obviously, but sad to leave our new home that we have grown to love.

Uptown Charlotte, on our way to the Knights game last week.

Especially now that our back porch makeover is nearing completion. More on that later… like, later this week.

Over the course of the next month, I'm planning to share snippets from our tour of the midwest, among other things. I'm banking on lots of time to brainstorm upcoming projects, like: decorating our back porch makeover, our little girl turn big girl room makeover and the guest room makeover. 

I'm hoping to return to Charlotte after our month long road trip more inspired than ever to tackle these projects.
Sometimes I find time away from home can do just that! 

Happy Summer.

until next time,