A weekend in the Crystal Coast

We took some time last weekend and skirted off to Mama & Daddy’s house.  It was just what Jake and I needed from all the crazy hustle & bustle that has been happening in our lives the last few weeks with house stuff.   We did take some time on Saturday to take my mom out to breakfast (and then lunch), explore a few neat little shops and take our eldest to Morehead City to hit up the Ulta there (she just wanted out of the house).

Here are the places we visited:

Seaside Coney Island – Swansboro – my sister in law has been after us to try this place out, since she found out that Jake loves authentic Detroit Coney’s (Michigan Coney’s? – not sure which is the correct title).  So, we finally tried this place out.  It ended up being, Mama, Jake and I.  We shared fried pickles while we waited for our food.  Mama got a BLT with fries while Jake and I each got a regular Coney with chili-cheese fries to share.  While waiting for our food – we found out the owners are from the Detroit area.  So yummy – we will definitely go back again!

Carteret Cafe – Cape Carteret – this is owned by a long-time resident, and the food is always good. When we woke up on Saturday, I came downstairs to the announcement that granddaddy was taking the 3 little kids to breakfast.  I attempted to wake the teenager up, who just requested “something from McDonalds”, so Mama, Jake and I headed to the Carteret Cafe.   I ordered an omelet and Jake ordered biscuits & gravy and we shared.  I have been there numerous times with my parents – and it is always good!

Elly’s – Emerald Isle – I can venture a guess that I have been inside this store 90% of the times I go to visit my mom.  Also, almost 90% of the time we don’t buy a thing – but love to look.  Its not one of the kitschy beach stores like Wings – its got a lot of cute stuff, and nice gift items.  We went there on Saturday looking for a gift for Natalee’s birthday.  We left empty handed, but I made sure to point out enough stuff that maybe Jake will get the hint for birthday or Christmas.  =)

After our morning adventure running around & eating breakfast & lunch – we came home and Jake watched the Tigers baseball game & the masters and I napped.  It was glorious – kids were all running around with their cousin Kyler & furry cousin Tanner.  It was just what my soul needed to refresh (although I did miss going down to the pier to see the ocean).




Tuesday Tunes

So I heard this song a few weeks ago on the radio – and immediately thought “Jake needs to hear this”.  You don’t hear a lot from the members of Brooks & Dunn anymore, although they are still writing and recording music individually.   This song spoke to me on so many levels.

Jake has been the answer to many, many prayers over the last few years.  Those that know me know what my last relationship was like.  Don’t get me wrong, there was good there – but there was a level of bad there that I could never see until the relationship was over.   This song reminded me of Jake a lot.  The line “I worship the woman you walked on” – yep, that’s us to a “t”.  He is so supportive, loving and kind – at the end of every day I never go to sleep wondering how he feels about me.




In honor of baseball’s opening day, here are my 2 baseball guys!   Jake the coach and Jonathan the catcher!  I love watching Jonathan play, been at all but 2 of his games since he was in t-ball.  This is Jake’s first year coaching and I love to see his interaction with the kids.  They both seem to be enjoying themselves this season!


Wedding Update – The Invites!

I had such a hard time with the invitations!   Everything I found was just ridiculously expensive.  All I could think was “this is money we could put towards something else!” (like the food!!).  Enter vistaprint.com.   VistaPrint has been around forever it seems like, I remember ordering from them back when we lived in Beaufort (2002-2005).  

Another great benefit to vistaprint is they offer coupons all the time.   After some back and forth on designs in my own head, I came up with something I felt was suitable given the color scheme we have gone with, and the “theme” to our wedding (not really a theme, just a design element we like).    We ordered them last week and they should be here today actually!  I am excited to get those in the mail for folks in May.  I won’t show you the front, because it has some more personal information on it I’d prefer not to put out there!  But lets just say, its in one of our “signature colors” and of course – will have a nautical touch!

All the invitations and enclosure cards ended up costing about $130 (before tax & shipping).  That’s 150 invites, and 150 enclosure cards with envelopes.  So that breaks down to about .43 per invitation (before stamps).  Most companies charge .97 and up for invites, and you only get the .97 price if you are ordering 300 or more.   It is one of those things that yeah, you can go all out and fancy  – but at the end of the day, that invite is going to end up in a trashcan somewhere.  That being said, I am still excited with the way they look!

But, while you wait for those to hit your mailbox – you can visit our wedding website:  http://www.theknot.com/us/teamcarey



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Fashion Friday – Tunics!

Cents of Style has tunics on sale today – 3/24!  To get the sale price:

The code is TOPSTORY and it will make each tunic $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 3/24 – 3/26.  They come in two styles, and in a huge rainbow of colors AND they come in sizes ranging from 0-18!

How to Wear:
*Date Night! Dress up with skinny jeans and heels, carry your favorite clutch and you are ready for a night out!
*Saturday Sports! Pair with your go-to boyfriend jeans and a light jacket, throw on your favorite hat, and head to out to watch the game in style.
*Errands/Carpool/PTA: Your favorite distressed jeans need a comfy companion as you run around town. Pair with your most comfortable sneakers and look darling all day long.
*Sunday Brunch/Lunch with the Girls: Your favorite sandals & cardigan for a light layer will finish this outfit in style.

Click below for a neat little video on how to wear tunics!


It has been so hard to blog lately.  I normally try to get a post written while on my lunch break, but with having to leave early so many days because of Jonathan’s games/practices – I’m typically working through lunch.   

Jonathan started baseball in late February, and each week has been filled with practices & games.  I cannot even tell you the last time I cooked on my actual stove – which is crazy, because I cook a lot.  We switched weekends with their dad too, so we got a little screwy with dates.  It will all work out, and I know on Sunday I will be able to cook again!  

Jake’s house is still for sale.  We have had several showings and people interested, but no offers yet.  It is frustrating to see other homes sell so quickly (my brothers sold last weekend in 3 days).  But we have to keep reminding ourselves that everything is in God’s time.  A friend suggested we “bury the saint” in the front yard, so we did that the other night will shivering our behinds off.  We buried Saint Joseph and said a prayer and we’ll see.   

We have a contingency contract on a beautiful home that we fell in love with.  With the contingency, we HAVE to sell Jake’s house before we can do anything.  We cannot carry 2 mortgages, so…we wait.  All the loan approvals, inspections, etc have all come through and have been done.  We just wait.  It has been hard and I haven’t mentioned it much on facebook.  It is a stressor for sure on both of us, I think Jake handles it better than I do.  Just know that as soon as we sign the closing papers, I will share tons of photos and everything.  We just love this house so much, and want it so bad!

Wedding planning is going well – I picked out what our flowers are going to be and need to get them ordered in April.   I was able to pick up my dress last weekend, and its safely tucked away in its garment bag in Jake’s closet.  He has strict orders not to peek, but he has repeatedly said he does not want to see the dress until I walk down the aisle in it.  I hope he isn’t disappointed!

Becoming Mrs. Carey – decisions-decisions

Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart – for sure.   Everytime I turn around, I think of another decision I have to make.  eeekkk!!

I think we have a pretty good start on stuff – We have a date…haha.   We actually booked a venue right after Christmas.  Its so pretty, and I wrote about it in another blog post here – Palmetto CollegiateWe booked a DJ too (woo hoo Ronny!), and I have my wedding dress.

I met with & booked our photographer, and I could not be more thrilled about it! I am looking forward to working with Andrea Fabian from Trevor Mercer Photography.   Trevor has shot a few weddings at our venue, so I know he can give Andrea some great insight.  She also is a USC grad and after our initial meeting, I felt so at ease with her.  I look forward to having her around that day as I get ready, and throughout the day.  

I have sent out emails for catering, and have a general idea in my head of what we want for food. Think southern fare y’all – for those that live close to Lexington, I have 1 word for you – Shealy’s.  We are still debating that though, so don’t get too happy.  However, if you want to go to Shealy’s – I’m happy to go with anyone who wants to make the drive!    

I have some solid idess on flowers & decorations, thanks to Pinterest and the last dozen or so events I have worked at Seibel’s House.  We have a color scheme as well, which we needed in order to get the bridesmaids dresses (navy & blush pink if you are wondering)

 I’m trying to not worry about the rehearsal dinner, and just letting Jake worry with that.  Same with what the guys are wearing (and who the guys even are!).  Its hard though, because I just want to nail down decisions like…right now. Grooms cake?  Yep, not even thinking about that at all either.  Of course every time I see the words “grooms cake” all I think about is this scene from Steel Magnolias:

 “It’s repulsive! It’s got gray icing! I can’t even begin to think how you make gray icing!  Worse the cake part is red velvet cake. Blood red!! People are gonna be hackin’ into this poor animal that looks like it’s bleedin’ to death.”
We are going to be ordering the invitations this weekend, and my matron of honor Laura graciously volunteered to help me with those.    Those are a bit more formal than our fun Save the Dates.  They also play off our color scheme, and one of my favorite bible verses.

I feel like everything is coming together, its just with all the house stuff,  Jonathan playing baseball and work – I feel a little crazy sometimes.  I feel like I make a lot of lists, which can be a good & bad thing.  The list helps slow the crazy some though!