This margarita mocktail makes the perfect nonalcoholic punch for any shower or party!

Margarita Punch

This margarita punch we served at a recent bridal shower is actually a mocktail! If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic option for a party, this is a winning choice. It’s easy and make ahead, and you can personalize it to fit your sweet tooth!

This margarita mocktail makes the perfect nonalcoholic punch for any shower or party!

Since we were embracing the joyful green color, I wanted a green punch. If you ever search pinterest for “green punch,” nearly everything has lime sherbet in it. Hmm. Lime sherbet’s not my favorite, and our bride doesn’t love super-sweet things.

Finally, I came across  this recipe. The irony wasn’t lost on me that I picked a nonalcoholic punch recipe based on a cocktail, but it fit in every other way, so why not??

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Nerding out on rockets at the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center!

Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center

In my previous trip to Huntsville I had an absolute blast. But I missed checking out what is the arguably the biggest draw to the city: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! So when I came back down south during my spring solo road trip, I knew I needed to visit.

Nerding out on rockets at the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center!

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These bluebery yogurt muffins will keep you full all morning long!

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

I’m a baked-good addict. Fresh bread, straight from the oven. Cupcakes, even box cupcakes. Bagels for breakfast slathered in cream cheese or butter or jelly. Let’s not even get started on brownies. When we first got married my husband kept asking why I bought cheap bread. My reason was if it was the sub-par sandwich stuff, it kept me from eating it all.the.time.

Because of this, I’m always game to check out a health-ified bread option. So when Logan requested blueberry muffins, I went hunting for an option that didn’t really end up being a cupcake without the frosting.

These bluebery yogurt muffins will keep you full all morning long!

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Things go wrong when you're traveling. Here's a few thoughts on how to deal with it!

When Things Go Wrong While Traveling

We were driving on a country road, full of happy satisfaction after a day of touring. Suddenly, we noticed the car behind us waving us down. Thinking they were wanting to pass us, we pulled over, but they pulled over behind us and a teenage girl jumped out of her car, continuing to wave her arms wildly. As I opened the car door, I realized why they waved us down: smoke was pouring out of our back tires. 

What do you do when smoke is pouring out of your rental car, in a country you don’t speak the language, without a working cell phone?

Things go wrong when you're traveling. Here's a few thoughts on how to deal with it!

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Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

A Spring Bridal Shower

Is it just me, or has spring become bridal shower season?

It makes sense that if your wedding takes place that summer, the shower would fall a few months before. It seems like the past few springs have been dominated with bridal showers and I’m LOVING it! Spring feels like such a renewal after winter, such a celebration of life and beauty and joy, that celebrating an upcoming marriage seems to fit right in!

One of my favorite things about showers is that you get to see a cross-section of the bride & groom’s community. Gathering people who know you differently but love and support you the same in one room is such a beautifully powerful thing! That’s probably what I love most about showers: bringing your team, your tribe, your community together into one room for an afternoon.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

So when throwing Sage’s bridal shower last weekend, we wanted it to be fun and relaxed. The hope was to reflect our bride: silly and elegant in equal measures! I ended up doing most of the decor and I knew this would be a chance to stretch my creative muscles and experiment with some beautiful things for my Etsy shop.

With Sage’s mom and the other bridesmaids, we settled on a color scheme of green, white and gold. We wanted cheerful colors that could communicate joy, and I love the way they popped!

The first thing I envisioned was a name banner. I love using word banners because they can be hung pretty much anywhere and add personalization to the space. For this banner,  I went with simple and classic to hang along the mantle.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

To add a little more playfulness to our space, I made polka dot garlands! The great thing about these is they’re super versatile. They can be hung above doorways or along countertops. We put several hanging straight down in the windows to add some colorful accents. You can even hang all of them next to each other to create a photo booth backdrop, as I did below! We even threw one across the door to confirm to guests that they’d found the right house.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

On my Etsy shop I have a couple of color suggestions, but the options are endless. Message me if you’ve something in mind!

Another small decor item were menu item table tents. Sage is gluten-free and we chose the food with her in mind. But there were some gluten-full cupcakes too, so the tent cards detailed what each thing one and told dietary options as well! It’s always nice to know what you’re getting in a buffet line.

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

Sage’s shower was really special and I loved making these things! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a few of our games!

If something you see here catches your eye, please check out my Etsy shop for more decor and paper creations! I’d love to help you design something to make your next party perfect!

Throwing a spring bridal shower means decorations that are equally elegant and joyful!

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Nashville has some fantastic restaurants! Here's a few of my favorites!

Nashville eats

For those of you following along on Instagram, I’ve been on the East Coast this month while my husband does training down in Alabama. My brother Ben had recently moved to Nashville, so I knew I needed to head west to see his new town and new place!

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Need a fancy but not fussy dessert? This decadent chocolate torte is perfect!

Chocolate Torte

What’s better than chocolate cake? Chocolate Torte! It’s richer and denser than a regular cake, and best of all makes you sound fancy when you say it.

I’m sharing this decadent dessert in honor of St. Patrick’s day! Somehow a rich chocolate cake felt like the perfect dessert after corned beef and Guinness.

Full disclosure: this torte will take time. It’s not the simplest and definitely needs a few hours to pull together. But it’s not complicated, just requires more than your beat-and-bake cake recipe.

From my standby, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. I dream of somday cooking all the recipes in the book but there’s about 5000 plus a million variations, so that’s probably not in the cards. But a girl can dream, right?

Need a fancy but not fussy dessert? This decadent chocolate torte is perfect!

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Here's the best parts of Edinburgh, Scotland!

One day in Edinburgh, Scotland

Since our trip was my husband’s first time in Europe, I was excited to take him everywhere. But if there was one city I was most excited to show him, it was Edinburgh, Scotland.

The United Kingdom has so much to offer, but summertime in Edinburgh may be the best of all worlds. Here’s a few of my favorite things we saw & did in our time here!

Here's the best parts of Edinburgh, Scotland!

Here's the best parts of Edinburgh, Scotland!

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Looking for a great fiction read? I loved the Bookshop on the Corner!

Reading: The Bookshop On The Corner

The only way I can think to describe this book is lovely. It’s just lovely. The story is sweet and meaningful and about taking risks and caring for people, without feeling like you must go do something crazy in order to identify with this book.

Jenny Colgan’s novel is a book about books: a librarian finds herself without a job as her branch closes down.  Rather than convert to the technology-driven, book-minimizing library of the future, she dreams of opening a bookshop where she can recommend the perfect book for anyone looking, even if they think they’re not a reader.

Looking for a great fiction read? I loved the Bookshop on the Corner!

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Nothing beats a day trip to the beach on a warm February day!

Goals: March

Is it just me, or did February fly by? 2017, slow down!!

This month held some big happenings. We finished our beautiful kitchen table and it turned out even better than I’d hoped!! I came back to NC and then hit the road for fun all over the southeast! I chopped my hair off, donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and I’m loving the shortness. I think I’m short-hair girl at heart.

The other BIG GIANT THING I did this month was open up my Etsy shop! Also named Teaspoon of Nose, I make stationery, cards and custom paper goods. Please go check it out and see if you’re interested!

Before & After! Haircut Pantene Beautiful Length hair donation

Check out my Etsy page for beautiful hand crafted foil press stationery!

See my Etsy shop for a lot more stationery options!

Here’s how I did on my specific goals for the month:

  • Head to NC – here I am! Well, not at the moment. But I spent a couple weeks with my parents before heading west to Winston Salem, Asheville & Nashville. Coming up next:  Huntsville, Montgomery, DC and who knows where else.
  • Finish the kitchen table and build chairs – yes yes yes! We have a beautiful kitchen table and chairs, and I’m thrilled. Big project checked off!
  • Read 8 books – so many great books! I’ll share one in particular next week. I also read Me Before You, which was great and heartbreaking and I cried through the entire second half of the book. And I still loved it.
  • Write 7 blog posts – not so much. With all the other projects, didn’t do much writing. But as I grow in one area, I have less time to devote to others, and I still published as much as usual. That being said, I’m looking forward to getting back into it this month.
  • Exercise 5x/week – Did pretty well. Not perfect, and I seem to be developing some exercise-related asthma which has kept me from running. In all the travel I haven’t gotten myself to a doc yet. Any tips to mitigate it in the meantime?
Our beautiful new kitchen table we built!

Grainy iPhone shot the night before we left, to prove we finished it.

Looking ahead, here’s my goals for March:

  • Keep traveling!
  • Continue building up my stationery & card designs
  • Read 8 books
  • Write 7 blog posts
  • Exercise 5x/week

Nothing beats a day trip to the beach on a warm February day!

Since I’m vagabonding it this month, I’m trying to keep my goals simple for enjoying whatever comes up!

What are you looking forward to this month? Share your goals below and we can encourage each other!!

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