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15 May 2017

PPD Renovates: The outside is DONE

I mentioned a few days ago that we finally moved into our house. Our official move-in date was April 22 which means that as of today, we've been in our house for about three weeks. We spent the first two weeks battling boxes, trying to figure out where furniture was going to live, and what we needed to wrap-up. That meant someone knocking on the door almost daily trying to finish the job.



While the inside of our house is far from finished, the outside of our house is actually done! It's crazy to think that just five months ago, we had very different curb appeal (although it wasn't very appealing). Now we have grass (first time ever), gorgeous plants like hydrangeas, Boston ivy, and ferns, and a stoop that seriously makes me so happy. That pink brick is perfection against Farrow & Ball's Purbeck Stone

Our front door is custom, and while that sounds fancy pants/expensive, it was actually more cost effective to have our door custom-made than to buy it from the lumbar yard. Trust me, I was shocked, too. Since we have a door with glass, I won't get to have a fun door knocker, so we decided to make a statement with our hardware. I love the Baldwin Nashville more than I ever thought I would. It really partners well with our gas lanterns which are made by a company out of Fairhope, Alabama - just over the bay from Mobile which I think is so cool.

Of course, I had to add a cute doormat. I'm pretty sure I'll be swapping these out regularly, but I think this pineapple one was a great starting point. I've rounded-up a few of my other favorite welcome mats below! 

Stay tuned for even more house updates, and if you can't wait for a blog post, I'm giving lots of them on IG stories, so follow along there! 


03 May 2017

A Unique Gift for Moms

If you're anything like me, your mom probably doesn't ask for anything for Mother's Day. You might ask what she would like, and she'd probably say something like "oh nothing," or "just time spent with you," or something equally unhelpful. Trust me, I've gotten this response for years from my mom and now my mother-in-law. 

Unfortunately, I'm here to tell you that they actually mean it. They don't really want anything, and they'd really rather just spend time with you. The good news is that I've got the perfect solution for you to cover the gift and the time-spent bases. Enter Candlefish Candle-Making Workshops.  

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to try my hand at a Candlefish workshop, and the new Ponce City Market location in Atlanta was kind enough to host me and my mother in law. We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon sniffing all of Candlefish's amazing signature scents, learning all about soy wax, and discussing the candle making process. Not only was it a great way to discover the Candlefish concept, but it was an awesome way to spend time with each other. 

If you're looking for a unique gift for moms for Mother's Day, I definitely recommend a candle making class at Candlefish. Besides the fact that the price cannot be beat (you'll get two candles during the class), your mom will be elated to hang out with you. Win win! 

Before you take your class, here are a few insider secrets:

1. It's BYOB or BYOF, so don't be afraid to bring some bubbles and snacks and make an afternoon out of it!

2. Partner up with your mom to determine two scents you both like. You'll create two candles of the same scent, but if you choose scents you both dig, you can swap candles and take home one of two different scents!

3. Plan to spend a little moola shopping. Buy your mom some candle accessories - like matches - or gift her with a surprise shopping spree for some of Candlefish's other offerings (their jewelry is too cute). 

4. When you're done, continue exploring PCM. It might be time for another cocktail, after all! 

Thanks so much to Candlefish for inviting me to take a class with my MIL. All opinions are my own. 

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