Fabulous Friday 2022, L

Happy weekend! And Happy Holidays!

We had a wind week with my family visiting from Texas. We celebrated Christmas and I got lots of quality time in with my niece. It’s been about six weeks since I saw her and I feel like she has grown so much. I did some pre house guest shopping at TJs.

We decorated Christmas cookies with friends while grazing on a cheese board. Had Christmas breakfast for dinner. Celebrated mama’s birthday. Miller and I took a couple of neighborhood strolls. We also went to LA to visit family there.

Santa’s elves have been hard at work the past few weeks. Dying rice for a ocean themed sensory bin and also building a puzzle board. Why buy a puzzle board when we could spend double to triple the money on supplies plus the time of making one ourselves!

Wishing you and yours the best holiday season.



Grateful for time with family despite working Christmas, M snuggles, and cooler festive weather.

31×31 Afternoon Tea

img_1354Have tea somewhere fancy is on my 31×31 list. During our recent Disney World trip we did just that.


We skipped the parks on Saturday to give Ryan’s foot, our wallet and the crowds a rest. So we scheduled afternoon tea t Disney’s Grand Floridian. We had an earlier afternoon reservation so we slept in, ate a pastry from Epcot and skipped lunch.

We arrived a few minutes early and marveled at the lobby while we waited.

We both ordered the Bedfordshire Tea with sandwiches, scone, jam tart and assorted pastries or trifle. We got one of the pastries and one trifle.  Ryan ordered a rose infused tea which I did not love (he didn’t either but tea is not his thing.) I ordered a traditional tea which was good.

I am glad we had this experience but I probably wont do it again. Afternoon tea is one of my favorite things to do. I would rather have an experience else where for the money and quality of food. To me there was nothing Disney magic about this, that you couldn’t find at any nicer hotel with an Afternoon Tea offering. I will say the party next to us had some food allergies and I was very impressed with the accommodations they received.  For reference I have had afternoon tea in Bath, England in high school, The Peabody in Memphis in the past few years and on various Princess cruises which is actually one of my favorites and something I look forward to everyday.


A Weekend Away in Savannah, GA

We recently had a girls only weekend in Savannah for my cousin’s birthday. Ryan convinced me to leave Thursday night so I could spend some time Friday in Beaufort. My aunt, two cousins and their friend also spent some time Friday in Beaufort. My mom and sister joined us in Savannah later Friday night. My sister’s name twin friend lives in Savannah so she joined us on some adventures as well. I am so glad we all were able to go. The older we get the harder it proves to be to have everyone together at the same time.

You can check out my previous Beaufort post for more information on what to do in the Beaufort area. We savored some favorites, The Shrimp Shack, the beach, grabbed some peach mint tea and The Chocolate Tree, before heading to Savannah.

We settled into our lovely Air B&B in the historic district. It was a beautiful house full of history within walking distance to Forsyth Park.  For dinner we inhaled some guac and tacos at Bull Street Taco. I loved the street corn here, well basically I love street corn in general. We grabbed some drinks and snacks from a near by Kroger. Then chatted most of the night away.

Saturday morning my sister and I walked down to the Famer’s Market in Forsyth Park. We grabbed some cheese, bread, strawberries and carrots for breakfast. Afterwards we headed out for some shopping and walking before lunch.

We stopped at many Savannah favorites including, Salacia Salts, Shop SCAD here I purchased a leather tassel and a bracelt that reads, Fortune Favors the Brave (oh hose I needs some braveness within my soul) and One Fish Two Fish where I fell in love with a furniture piece there. It took everything I had not to bring it home with me.  We admired the beautiful houses and squares as we meandered down to The Olde Pink House for lunch. We loved the cheese straws and shrimp and grits.

After a scrumptious meal we decided to cancel our dinner reservations at Local Ten 11 in favor of locating some good seafood. We continued to wander about and shop at local favorites The Paris Market, Savannah Bee Company, as well as Kendra Scott and Lulu Lemon. I grabbed a chai tea latte and macaron at The Paris Market and some honey and hand soap at Savannah Bee.

Half of the group took a Lyft home. The other half waited around then prices surged so we had the birthday girl come pick us up on a corner. We enjoyed Savage’s bakery birthday cake on the porch.

After a small respite and changing clothes we headed out via Lyft to the Riverwalk for our ghost tour. We went on the Old Towne Trolley Tour. Now I must say ghost tours are not my thing. I honestly was a bit disappointed this did not involve a little more history. River Street Sweets pralines were next on our list and close to the end of the trolley tour. We grabbed dinner at the Savannah Seafood Shack. Fried shrimp cones, Lowcountry Boil and Diet Coke for everyone.

I went back to the house with Mama and Aunt Amy, I mean somebody had to make sure they were safe aka I am lame and like bed and quiet time. The girls made it home shortly after a few drinks and dances out on the town.

Sunday morning we packed up, mama and sister when to visit her friend and the rest of us went to brunch. We attempted to go to Collins Quarter but the wait was long and we were anxious to get on the road home. So we opted for a picnic brunch from Gallery Expresso in Chippewa Square. We said our good byes and parted ways for now.

I can not wait to see where our next adventure takes us. Alyssa votes for Bora Bora with a new tradition that we rotate traveling for birthdays and who ever we are celebrating everyone else pays for their trip.

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