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Decorating On A Budget: Breakfast Nook & Living Room

It’s our first southern snow day of 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. All the schools are closed and our neighbors are roaming the streets in their snow suits and sleds. I have been secretly hoping for snow since we stayed south for the holidays. I think we have close to 5 inches! That’s kind of a big deal for us. I enjoy fresh fallen snow because it acts as a diffuser. My home is beautifully lit and the sun isn’t even out. I had my camera gear out so I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of our home decor updates. Our story We purchased this house in the fall of 2016. It is located in a neighborhood of homes designed to look as if they were plucked right out of Charleston, South Carolina. Our goal is to be fiscally responsible with this investment. That means smart, long…

Sandals LaSource Grenada Review – Pros and Cons

Sandals LaSource Grenada can be found in several “Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean” and “Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Caribbean” lists. We are huge review readers and found positive feedback about Sandals Grenada on U.S. News, Oyster, Vacation Deals Travel, and Huffington Post.  Since we follow the Dave Ramsey principles, every financial investment is strategically made. The goal was to find an adults-only, all inclusive resort with great weather and competitive rates over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday. Grenada was our island of choice and I am excited to share my candid thoughts on the 10 pros and cons of Sandals Grenada. (They are not in any particular order nor are they weighted. Disclosure: Some of the product links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps keep my blog running!) Location:…

3 Days in Charleston: Where to Stay and Play Gluten Free

Last March my husband, Nick, and I celebrated our six-year wedding anniversary. Every year we travel someplace fun. With our recent move and home purchase, we thought it best to find a place close to Charlotte. We chose Charleston, South Carolina. It is a quick four-hour road trip from the Queen City. Charleston Day 1 We arrived at our hotel in the heart of the city ready to see and do everything Charleston had to offer. King Charles Inn was the perfect location for walking to all the tourist spots and best restaurants. The staff welcomed us with an anniversary card, champagne and chocolates. With half the day left to sight see and eat, we chose to browse King Street, walk Historic Charleston City Market and have dinner at Sticky Fingers Ribhouse. They had an entire gluten free menu but my favorite item was the sticky potato skins! It was early…

Recipe: Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

When do you find it the most difficult to eat healthy? For me, it is when I travel. Whether it is a road trip, an international flight or an airport layover, I can never seem to find a restaurant that meets all my dietary needs. Chocolate Almond Energy Balls to the rescue! These sweet treats not only fix that afternoon sugar craving, but they are naturally filling and full of good things for your body. On weight training days, I eat a few of these in-between meals. When traveling, I throw a couple in my purse and freeze the rest to store in my luggage for later. After viewing a few mouth-watering photographs below, scroll down to print the recipe for yourself!