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New Home New Thanksgiving Traditions

Since my family and I have relocated to Florida it has been a major topic of discussion on what to do for the holidays. As discussed in another post I am not super big on some holidays and I don’t like traveling for EVERY holiday. Although I experienced both plenty as a child, I want to do things differently in my home. Although my husband doesn’t necessarily feel that same way – he understands my sentiment on holidays and travel. So as we embark on new adventures here in Tallahassee we will inevitably have to make new traditions in addition to reinforcing some of our older ones. Thanksgiving has always been important to me for a variety of reasons and I can’t wait to celebrate this season in new ways while also paying homage to some of our family’s traditions.

Turkey Trot – In my youth I was an athlete who completed at a pretty high level. Since I quite competing in sports I have yet to enter into any athletic event. Honestly I have really missed it – the preparation, rivalry, and competition itself. Although I have been a coach for years – this year I decided to compete in my first distance running event. When we moved to Tallahassee I wanted to start running again but also wanted to keep up my interest in running as well. So I signed myself up for the 10k Turkey Trot – which my brother agreed to do with me. I should also note that the last time my brother and I were on the same team was when we were on a summer league swim team when I was about ten years old. I really like the idea of the Turkey Trot because it is set to be a family event and many of the proceeds go to local charities. So not only will we get some great sibling bonding time, we will also be helping those who are in need. I really couldn’t be more excited to do this with anyone else.

 

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{Picture of my brother and I at the local swim club cirque 1990 taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

Thanksgiving Projects – One of my newer traditions that I have been trying to do with the girls is holiday related projects. Last year we had done a leaf wreath which was super cute – but a little messy and time consuming on my part. This year I wanted to do something a little bit more simple and also included their handprint – my theme for this year’s projects. This Thanksgiving we made turkeys. I first traced their hands on several different colored sheets of construction paper and cut each hand out. Then we cut out turkey bodies, eyes, beak, and gobblers. Then, with our help of course, we showed the girls how to put together the turkeys. We maintained control of the glue but they really did a great job on their own! Plus they are great keepsakes for future years.

{Pictures of Viv and Noli with their turkeys taken by Drew Carlisle}
{PS – Excuse their PJs they were sick this day}

Thanksgiving Meal – Since Thanksgiving is often centered around the meal – or at least it’s the best part in my opinion– we had to discuss what was going to be our own traditional Thanksgiving meal. My husband has been frying turkeys for Thanksgiving since we started dating, so that one was obvious. On a side note it is totally safe IF you know what you are doing. Then I asked my brother for his recommendations for the holiday meal which was – homemade mac and cheese and mash potatoes. Outside of that it was really up to us. I have decided to also add my roasted vegetables – this includes beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, shallots or onions, garlic, pumpkin and other seasonal squashes. I just season them with olive oil salt and pepper. It is so yummy and great after the fact as well. I will also be doing a sautéed Brussel sprout recipe as well which is super yummy and has great fall flavors. For dessert I will be making a good ol’ fashioned apple pie. I think this meal will be the perfect balance of fall flavors and tradition. I can’t wait to share this meal with my family and friends.

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{Picture of my Roasted Veggies taken by Lauren James}

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Sharing – One of the things I loved about Thanksgiving growing up is sharing our meal not only with family but friends. In the past I have shared with family, friends, neighbors, pastors, acquaintances, even the homeless. There is nothing like those warm fall flavors that puts a smile on everyone’s face and also makes them a part of the family. My parents always had seats for others at their dinner table – if it was a holiday or not. One of my favorite and most wonderful memories were those dinners when we had unexpected guests. My husband grew up in a family that is much the same way. Despite the fact that this holiday has a controversial history – I do think it is important to focus on the meaning the has taken on… bringing people together with love, being thankful for the harvest, and all of our blessings. This year will be the first year my husband and I will be hosting Thanksgiving together since we brought our families together in 2008. This year our guests will include my brother and some of his friends who are more like his Tallahassee family. I am so looking forward to these new traditions with them – even if they don’t eat Turkey.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday. Not only does it bring people together but it is a great time to reflect on what your life’s blessings are. I look forward to these new traditions of competing, crafting, cooking, and celebrating in this new place we will call home for the foreseeable future. Although we won’t have our parents, other siblings, and “framily”, it is time that we begin our own traditions to celebrate this great holiday in our own way. How are you going to celebrate this holiday season? I would love to see how you are celebrating with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all and have a blessed harvest season!

ciao_laurencop_sig-01Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Creative Home | A Rejuvenated Ranch on the Carolina Coast

Welcome to the Doane’s fabulously rejuvenated ranch home in Murrells Inlet, SC.

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A little background: One of my oldest and dearest childhood friends lives here with her husband, their wee one, and their two pups. Growing up, she was always a style influencer, not only in my own life but in the lives of those around her. She has always had great taste. She and her husband are brand new parents to a precious little peanut of a daughter, whose room is probably one of my favorite rooms EVER. I remember when she was pregnant and sent me her mood board… I had so much fun designing the invitation for her baby shower that was inspired by the gold piggy bank you’ll see in a few moments.

Who lives here? April and Scott Doane, their daughter Dendy, and their Cane Corsos, King and Kloe.

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When was it built? The house was built in the early seventies, and they recently took the interior down to the studs with the help of April’s Dad, and contractor, Ron.

When did you move in? April 2016

What’s your favorite room?

April: The Kitchen…no the nursery…can I pick both?

Scott: The porch, the dock, the backyard….outside?

Clearly they love their new home!🙂

Any favorite items?

Scott: The paintings of the dogs in the nursery.

April: Can I say Dendy?

Me: (laughs) No, she’s not a thing.

April: Ok, our pictures…our memories

A favorite piece of furniture?

April: The hutch – wait, I take that back – the entry table, (laughs)… I bought it in college, but one of the legs was practically broken off, and my Dad fixed it – calling it junk – and he thinks we should have thrown it away. It has now somehow made it in all my houses since college. Oh, and the changing table – it was John’s and Amber’s and mine when we were babies, and we had it painted for Dendy’s nursery. So I think the changing table or the entry table. (John and Amber are April’s siblings)

Scott: The table on the porch turns into a poker table.

How would you describe your style? Farmhouse eclectic…I mean, I like what I like?

The front door opens to a great room, immediately to the left is the previously mentioned entry table, and to the right is the dining room table. Over the dining table hang two fabulous fixtures made of wine barrel rings. (SWOON). A few other tidbits about the home: The dining room fixtures are from Wine Country Craftsman on Etsy; he repurposes old wine barrels. Ummm yes, please.

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Rotating to the right, we’re facing out towards the living room, sunroom, back porch, and inlet canal. Truly a PERFECT spot to live, relax, make a home, and raise a family.

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(I took some of the pictures in the evening, and some in the morning, so pardon the lighting changes…)

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The above cork collection is filling up a lamp base – a gift from Scott to April when they were dating. I love that each cork placed has a special sentiment recorded.

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We’ll check out the porch later, but first let’s rotate around to face the kitchen.

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How about those copper light fixtures?? April found them from a company out of London.

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The hutch in the right hand side of the photo above was one of the photos April listed in her favorites list. Here’s a close up of part of it…are you noticing a pattern of piggies?

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Behind the kitchen is the laundry room and garage, both spacious with plenty of storage.

Let’s pop back to the bedrooms before heading outside to the porch.

Down the hall there is one statement canvas, from their wedding day:

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That door way all the way to the right is this lovely guest bath…

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…conveniently across the hall from the guest room.

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Peeking into the master bath and bedroom, we find a comfortable combo of neutrals with a splash of sparkle:

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Love the black and whites in the bathroom (above) and especially this little sign on April’s dresser:

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…and drumroll please, across the hall from the master is the nursery, which houses Scott’s favorite paintings and some of the cutest EVER nursery ideas, pattern combos, and just the perfect blend of adorable-ness for little Miss Dendy.

A couple of other notes before we pop in:

  • The rug is an old kilim rug dating back to the 1800s.
  • The changing table I previously mentioned, was custom painted along with the living room end tables, buffet, couch table, hutch, and the night stand in the baby’s room by Tami Oliver.
  • April DIY’d the pin board over the day twin bed using a homasote base covered in fabric and then added nail heads as décor. You can sneak a pic in one of the photos. I failed to get a great photo of it.
  • The beautiful large typography over the crib is from another Etsy vendor, House of Belonging.

Ok, enjoy!

Photos of the nursery, below, except the little shoe one I just had to add, all credit to Carmen Ash Photography.

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How cute are those??

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Ok, for the grand finale, let’s head back out to the back…

I absolutely love the light and warmth in her sun room:

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and this is just the best…such a perfect back porch and yard. A little slice of heaven.

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Special thanks to April & Scott for sharing their home with us, and I hope y’all have enjoyed the tour!!

Until next time!

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If you have or know of a creative space you’d like to see featured, I’d love to come take a look and even snap a few photos – please email me at lauren@theoliveshoe.com and let’s have a chat!

In an ode to one of my previously mentioned old favorites…There’s no place like home!

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Going Gaga for Gourds | Let’s Hear It For the Squash

Ok I am making a confession – I seriously LOVE all gourds in particular the squash varietal! Gourds are typically defined as “any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for decoration and not for eating” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Squash is “any of various fruits of plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family widely cultivated as vegetables” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This time of year is my favorite because not only do we get to decorate with gourds but there are plenty to eat and use creatively. Not only are these plants nutritious for you but are so easy to use in different crafts for kids. Listed below you will find why I love these fruits and I hope you will have a newfound appreciation for them as well.

Growing – I have found that growing gourds is one of the easiest things I have been able to grow. Yes they are prone to bugs and need to be pruned regularly – but it is very rare that I can’t get a single seed to grow. Also they grow in almost every growing zone. Listed below you will find several links to help you grow gourds in your region. And remember as I have talked about in other blog posts – growing is trial and error. You wouldn’t lose anything by trying.

Nutrition – Squash and gourds are extremely good for you. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and other health benefits as well helping the immune system and cardiovascular health. They are typically extremely low in calories, sugar, and fat content as well. Listed below you will find some nutritional information on different types of gourds and squash.

Traditional Uses – Gourds were used for all kinds of things in ancient times. They have been used for decorative or ritual pieces, bowls, or a part of nutrition. Especially in the Americas, gourds played a huge role. I was privileged enough to work on an archeological dig in Peru where we found several decorative gourd bowls, some of which people were buried alongside of them. Gourds are one of the oldest domesticated plants so it is no wonder that they have found their way into so many societies. Listed below you will find several article discussing traditional uses for gourds.

Crafts – There are so many crafts you can do with gourds – as evidenced by the ancient peoples in the previous links. The obvious that many people already do is pumpkin carving and painting. But why stop at pumpkins! They also can make great stamps or even bird houses. Really, the opportunities are endless for the creativity with gourds. Here are some great links to crafts you can complete with your littles.

  • Gourd Stamping – Note I like to use the top cross section of Acorn Squash because it looks like flowers!

Decorations – Well since it IS autumn you will definitely need to create some awesome centerpieces, wreaths, and other decorative items with some gourds. Especially because you can literally leave these decorations out from September harvest, Halloween, and thru Thanksgiving. Listed below you will find some great links for tips about decorating with gourds!

Colorful Gourds and Pumpkins

  • 30 Gorgeous Fall Wreaths – Now this one doesn’t include a TON of gourd ideas but the ones they do include I think are stunning

I love DIY fall wreaths and this neutral one is so beautiful!

Recipes – Now what would fall be without those fall flavors. And in all reality, gourds do not need to be eaten just in the fall. Many are eaten in the summer as well – which include zucchini and watermelon. But since we are in fall many more people are eating squash. Here is a great list of how to prepare different types of squash for great food and flavor year round.

Chickpea, Spinach & Squash Gnocchi

Silky Pappardelle with Zucchini Ribbons

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So as you can see gourds and not just important to me but to many other people throughout history and our society. They can be grown, eaten, crafted, used for ritual, or as décor. They are great for so many things!! I especially love this time of year because I am not the only one who seems to have developed a gourd obsession. So let’s all take time and be thankful for these gourds that are so important to our lives and history. And what better way to thank a gourd then by eating or crafting with one! So go ahead and get busy – I know I will be!

ciao_laurencop_sig-01Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Celebrating Election Day | Explaining to Children The Greatness of Our System

I think we can all agree that our election process is extremely important for our future generations to understand. It has become increasingly more apparent to me (or maybe it is just me) that there is a serious lack of understanding in how our election process works and what actual powers each branch has control of in government. I see article after article spreading untruths about how this system works. Now I believe that most moderates are sick of this race and are over the candidates. Who could blame them? It has become a circus – full of inappropriate behavior. How can we make sure this doesn’t continue to become the norm for our election process? We need to focus on education of our youth in order to improve our government for the future. What better way to educate our children on the election process than through celebration? Because believe it or not, when we get a new president, it is an exciting day and one that should be celebrated regardless of party.

Education of the Process: Now you could start with a whole history lesson on how our government was created and such – but I think it is better to start with the primaries and caucuses. This can really be tough for children to understand, so I think the more visuals, the better.

  • Here is a link to education world lesson plans for discussing the primaries (For grades 3-12)

  • Here is a link to some lesson plans from C-Span that come complete with diagrams, articles, and video evidence as well.

  • Here is another link on the primaries and caucuses for kids using BrainPop. I really like this educational tool because it makes things easier to understand for children of younger ages.

After discussing how the presidential candidates are chosen I would then discuss the campaign process and ultimately the elections. This is, in many cases, the easier and more fun part.

  • Here is another link for BrainPop lesson plans.

  • Here is a link to all of the PBS resources for the election process. I am always impressed by the sources the provide for free on all topics in an unbiased fashion.

  • Lastly, here is a great list of books for little kids

Crafts for Demonstration: Here are some great crafts, not only for celebration decorations, but also for helping kids to understand and participate in the election process. There were also lots of crafts listed in the former links – but thought I would add a few more in case you didn’t see what you were looking for in those lesson plans.

  • These election crafts are great for all ages and great for the celebration décor

Local Fieldtrips: I love a good field trip! I think it really brings everything into a reality. What’s exciting about the election process is field trips are not too hard to come by. Yes it may take some planning and time, but it is totally doable.

  • Voting: Not necessarily the easiest one (depending on age) but the cheapest is taking your children with you to vote. I went several times as a kid and remember how exciting it was to be a part of the process. It is important to prepare your children for your expectations of their behavior while you vote. It is also equally important to know what will be on the ballot in order to be as efficient as possible. Don’t be afraid to talk thru what you are doing while voting. After you have finished voting make sure you answer any questions and go over its importance.

  • Visiting Government Buildings: This may seem like the obvious choice but as a former high school history teacher it was astonishing how many of my students had never been to a single government building. Now you may not be able to make it to Washington DC and see our federal government buildings – but you can always check out the local government buildings. There is an election process for them as well and is oftentimes more important for our daily lives. Most government buildings I have seen are beautiful and easy to access – feel free to take a quick visit.

  • Going to a Debate or Campaign Speech: Although you may not be able to go to a presidential campaign or debate, there are several local ones which mimic the major campaigns. It is great to go see a live debate or campaign speech. Nothing will get your more excited about an upcoming election!

The Celebration: Ok – now that you have gone thru all of the education now is the time for the party. Regardless of who wins, the election process is exciting and should be celebrated. We should be thankful we have a governmental process where no single person has too much power and that our executive branch goes thru cycles. So how do you make this a celebration? Listed below you will find some of my favorite examples of how to celebrate this election with your children.

  • What is a party without a photo booth? It’s a great way to remember to take pictures and have keepsakes of your event.

  • Here are some great printables to help with decorating the party.

  • You also must feed the masses. Here is are some other links to some great food ideas. And any election themed food is really just American Party food so the options are endless!

So as much as we are all groaning about this election,  it is so extremely important that we understand as a nation how we got here and how to move forward. We can do better than the current candidates and its with better knowledge and more educated votes that we can make a change. So start with some background, fun activities, and maybe even a field trip! Then celebrate our fantastic process with a party not only to recognize all we have learned but to also welcome in the new president. Let’s face it – regardless of who wins, these are exciting times to be a part of the election process. People have been fighting and dying for this sole opportunity for centuries. We should never take this luxury for granted. So go out there and celebrate – and if the right candidate doesn’t win…well we can change that in the next four years!

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Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Wedding Wednesday | A Look Back At The Perfect Fall Wedding

WOW! I can’t believe how quickly the years have gone. This October marks 11 years together and 5 years married to my husband, father of my children, best friend, and partner in crime. As with all relationships this one has had its ups and down for sure – but in all the obstacles we have both come out as better people. This to me is what make relationships work – do you make each other better people? Can you overcome struggles together? Do you know how to make each other happy? I have never written about my wedding day and that’s sad because it was truly spectacular and deserves recognition. I am sure it won’t do it justice but I hope you will understand the essence of what it meant for Drew and I to begin our family together.

How We Met? Drew and I met in college at Clemson University.  It is comical now and was to me then but I was visiting an ex when Drew knocked on the door. I was at the apartment alone and refused to let him in – I mean he could have been a predator (HAHA). My now husband stood outside for 20 minutes until someone came home!  Once we met though we totally hit it off – and things with my ex quickly fizzled. Although I tried to get Drew to date my roommate at the time because I knew he was “marriage material” – I couldn’t deny our chemistry! Since the moment we kissed we have been pretty inseparable despite waiting so long to get married. Although we dated for a long time before getting engage we both had agreed we wouldn’t get married until I had graduated college and we were ready to have children. I am so thankful that we made that decision.

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{Picture of Drew and I the first night we kissed}

The Engagement Drew and I got engaged during his birthday dinner at The Green Room in Greenville, SC during restaurant week. I was pretty shocked because after 5 years together I wasn’t sure it was ever going to happen! After looking back on it I should’ve realized what was happening because my mother was texting throughout dinner asking me strange questions! She knew because Drew had asked for my father’s blessing, which was very charming. We decided on an eighteen month engagement despite some minor familial protests. We knew that this was best for our finances and timeline and I wouldn’t have done it any other way!

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{Engagement Picture taken by Lauren James at Brookgreen Gardens}

The Stationary Drew and I made our own stationary for our wedding. With our save the dates we took Andy Warhol style pictures of each other. It was so fun and easy! These pictures are still some of our favorites. As far as the wedding invitations we made a stamp out of a picture of an oak tree that we took at our wedding venue. With the stamp I printed the words and embossed the tree for each individual invitation. We also included information on local hotels, restaurants, and entertainment since for many Charleston was a new destination for some. As for the RSVP we printed a picture of the house that we got married at – which many people recognized once they arrived! For our thank you notes we had pictures from the wedding printed on the front with a general note it the center. I thought it was sweet, thoughtful and a great reminder of the day.

The Rehearsal I was honestly a TOTAL wreck for my rehearsal. I have always dealt with anxiety and it definitely culminated that evening. I spent most of the evening in the bathroom and was too nervous to even stomach the dinner. However the location of the rehearsal was totally charming. The food smelled excellent (and tasted fantastic I hear). Plus the cake was so adorable!! I loved seeing my closest friends and family together. We also had a great slide show made by Lauren and was so adorable seeing pictures of us growing up! It really was the perfect set up for the following day!

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{Picture of our rehearsal taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

My Attire I am so incredibly blessed with what I was able to wear for my wedding – it really was a fantasy! First my engagement ring is a Carlisle family heirloom that is over 100 years old. Personally this makes it more special to me – and is definitely my style! Secondly is my dress. I wore a Grace Kelly style wedding dress that was my Grandmother’s that my Mother also wore in her wedding. It was in such wonderful condition and really the most perfect dress for the setting. I also wore a cap instead of a veil that was made by my very talented MIL. It contained an orange cameo, peach colored earrings made from shells that were Drew’s great grandmother’s, and lace we found in a fabric store on a trip to New York City. It was absolutely exquisite! As far as jewelry I borrowed by Mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings and my other Grandmother’s diamond tennis bracelet. As far as shoes I found stunning shoes at Rue La La that were Badgley Mischka and I got them for a steal! I really could not have worn anything better!

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{Pictures taken by Classic Photography}

The Décor and Location Honestly the wedding probably wouldn’t have come together without the help of my family and friends. But there is one person in particular that was extremely helpful and that was my close family friend Gillian MacDonald. She is an event planner by career and offered to be my wedding coordinator. What she was able to create even remotely (she lives in PA) was amazing and I will always be so thankful to her! When Drew and I chose our wedding venue I wanted something that didn’t need much decorating, was outside, and a historic site. Low and behold we found the Legare Warring House at the Charlestown Landing State Park. It really was a fairy tale location. We also used minimal floral arrangements with ranunculus, hydrangeas, spider mums, anemones, protea, and some roses. Our other main decoration was lanterns to keep a low light level and stay true to the location. The “alter” was flanked by two tiered planters that included a variety of fall flowers. We used chalk boards instead of programs. We also had pictures of my grandmother, my mother, and my bridal portraits inside of the house as well. This basically concluded the décor – it was all I wanted. Simple and elegant!

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{Pictures taken by Classic Photography}

The Ceremony The ceremony was by far the most important to Drew and I. We do not believe in organized religion (a long story) but wanted to keep the ceremony meaningful and personal. We chose two friends to merry us (a man and a woman) who became some of our dearest friends! We wrote our own vows which were obviously very meaningful and personal. We had my Uncle choose something to read – of his own choosing – and he couldn’t have picked something better for the occasion. It was a piece by Mya Angelou and was just beautiful! However I think the most personal things we chose for our ceremony was the music which was played in acoustic by some of our most talented friends. The bridal party walked to “We’re Going to Be Friends” by Jack White. I walked down the aisle to “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. During the ceremony we had “Here, There, and Everywhere” by the Beatles played – which was also played during my in-laws wedding. Our recessional was to “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutromilk Hotel. As you can tell our ceremony was deeply personal and really invited our family and friends into our hearts and what truly made us a couple. I really wish we could do it all over again!

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{Picture of my Uncle Blake reading taken by Classic Photography}

The Reception Our reception was so fun under a tent with perfect lighting in front of the Legare Warring House. The lighting gave the night a nice warm glow and perfect ambiance. There was dancing of course… Our song was “Earth Angel” by The Penguins. Instead of tossing a bouquet or garter we did a dance off of sorts. We asked all couples to the stage and ask people to leave the dance floor for the number of years they had been married. The winning couple who has been together to longest received my toss bouquet. It was a really fun way to celebrate love with our guest.

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{Picture taken by Classic Photography}

As for food we did heavy hors d’oeuvres  from Charleston Café. This included a mac and cheese bar, shrimp and grits, and table of dips, cheese and fruits of sorts. We had Arnold Palmers and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres post ceremony. Our cake was also truly a masterpiece. We asked the baker to do what she wanted – with the following guidelines – wedding colors, color blocking, and something unique. What the end result was truly wowed Drew and I. It was definitely a masterpiece and tasted amazing!

We also had a photo booth that was all my SIL idea and it was just wonderful! The pics from it were truly amazing and some of my favorites from the wedding. Our gift to our guest was stone ground grits in a small orange lunch bag with a shrimp and grits recipe that was my SIL. Small thoughtful and not something that would likely be thrown away. It was a great gift IMO. Lastly we ended up having the Clemson game on during out reception. Even though it wasn’t my choice (long story) it ended up being fine and didn’t take away from the reception too much. We left under a bridge of hands and drove off into our wonderful lives today.

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{Pictures of cake and send off taken by Classic Photography}

What Have I learned? Oh this is a big broad topic that I will try to answer after having ample time to think about the wedding. Here are my top 5 revelations about my wedding…

  1. The best piece of advice I received “Don’t worry about what doesn’t come to fruition – no one will be any the wiser. We are here to celebrate you and everything else is pomp and circumstance.” And let me tell you it is so incredibly true!! Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the moments while they happen. Focus on what is truly important to you both and the rest will fall into place.
  2. If you are not a planner or into weddings… get a wedding planner. I could have paid my friend her weight in gold and it still wouldn’t cover the service she did for me. I could never repay the amazing wedding she gave us. I wasn’t super into wanting to plan this wedding. It’s not something I dreamed about often as a child. So having a planner was pivotal for me. One that note take advantage of your friends talents. We used friends for music, DJ, planning, décor, photography etc.. It really allowed everyone to enjoy the wedding and become a part of it.
  3. Make it personal. People are there to celebrate you… so make it about YOU! Have something special that only people who truly know you would understand. Not only does this make your ceremony more meaningful for you but also give your guest an insight as to who you will be as a family unit!
  4. Take LOTS of pictures and record your ceremony. Although I feel like we took lots of pictures there were definitely some we missed which are my biggest regrets! I have no pictures of my brothers and I from our wedding or recordings – something I will never be able to do again and it is something that still weighs on my mind. Although I remember our wedding I wish we could relive it on video.
  5. Lastly and this I feel very passionately about – Marriage is a lifelong commitment and should never be rushed… ever! Drew and I discussed every facet of life before we were engaged and have continued that conversation after we were married. I think this is what has allowed our relationship to be so strong. Marriage includes a lifetime of growth together and if you haven’t grown together as a couple beforehand you may never be able to grow as a couple. You need to sow some roots and become established before you can reach your full potential.

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{Picture of our great wedding planner taken by Mallory MacDonald}

I am so incredibly thankful for those that allowed my wedding to go off without any major difficulties. I am also so blessed to have found the perfect partner and father to my children. I always knew Drew would be the best husband and still am in awe that he is in fact mine. Although our relationship isn’t perfect, it is perfect for us. I am confident that there is no obstacle that we can’t overcome together. Although we may never be rich monetarily we will always be rich in family and love – and for me I couldn’t ask for more.

ciao_laurencop_sig-01Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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{Fall} Hometown Hunt | Family Activities, Fun and Finds In or Near Anderson, SC

I have often been asked, when people find out I grew up at the beach, “And you choose to live in ANDERSON??“. I love the Upstate of SC. Here in Anderson, we’re about 20 minutes (not including game day traffic) from Clemson, 30 minutes from Greenville, right beside a lake and close to two others, 3-5 hours from the beach, 45 minutes to the mountains, and 2 hours to Charlotte or Atlanta. We have four seasons, more than three types of tress, and pretty good weather year round. It is a good spot. Of course you have your occasional bad apple, but for the most part Anderson is a little town full of loving people in the western corner of SC.

I love fall too. I mean really, when it comes down to it, I love all the seasons for one reason or another. There are so many reasons to love fall, though: crunchy leaves, beautiful colors, pumpkins, football, hot apple cider, roasting marshmallows, fall decor, sweaters, boots, did I mention football?

Below you’ll find a list of some fun events and special spots in or around Anderson, SC… if I missed something, let me know, and I’ll be glad to add it to the list! We here at The Olive Shoe love celebrating, local entertainment, event planning, apple picking, pumpkin carving, painting or decorating and everything else that comes with fall!!

Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22 | Honea Path Sugarfoot Festival

Join in a wonderland of fun, food, crafts and entertainment suitable for the whole family, and it starting Oct. 21st, Friday evening at 5pm and again all day Oct. 22nd Saturday beginning at 9am and going ’till…

And yes, there will be Magic in the air and Food everywhere, along with music, great entertainment, Car Show and much, much more… so please stay tuned as we build the greatest event on Earth, and it’s all coming to Honea Path!

Sunday, October 23rd | Junior League of Anderson County’s Spooktacular at The Bleckley Inn

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Don’t miss this wonderful event for families at The Bleckley Inn this Sunday, October 23! The Junior League of Anderson County presents the Spooktacular Soiree! This is fall fun for the whole family! There are games, treats, a costume contest, a raffle, and silent auction. Proceeds to benefit Team Kids, an initiative for wellness and integrity for Anderson’s youth.

Tickets can be purchased on line at Eventbrite  HERE, you can pay at the door, or you can purchase from a JLAC Member. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!!

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Saturday, October 29 | Spooktacular Fun Run and 5K Benefiting the ACDSNB

Are you a runner (or walker or jogger)? This Spooktacular Fun Run and 5K benefits the Anderson County Disability and Special Needs Board. Costumes are encouraged! Register for the event HERE.

September 24 – November 2 | Denver Downs Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

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If you’re looking for fall family fun, then add a visit to Denver Downs Farm to your fall bucket list! With so many activities for the whole family, you will spend a day of pumpkin patchin, corn mazin’, hay ridin’, farm animal petting, fall fun. Denver Downs is celebrating 50 Years of Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin this year and has been named one of the 10 best corn mazes in the US according to USA Today! If you haven’t gotten there yet this year, there is still time!

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Concord Produce Market | 208 Concord Road, Anderson SC

If you have not been here, you should go. In the spring they have strawberries galore and perfect plants for your front porch. I currently have two hanging baskets of portulaca that have been BEAUTIFUL since June. They have a great produce selection, a fun wall of jams, jellies, local honey and other canned goodies. They carry Amish butter, hulled beans and peas, local cheeses, fresh baked bread and they always have hot boiled peanuts. This time of year they have pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and shades. Don’t miss this local nugget of gold.

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Saturday, November 19 | Michelin Townville Turkey Trot

All proceeds from the 2016 Townville Turkey Trot will go to a memorial fund honoring victims of the tragedy at Townville Elementary on September 28, 2016.

There are three distances to choose from: 5K, 1.5 miles and Family Mile. Register HERE.

There will also be a Holiday Food Drive at the event. They will be collecting canned goods and non-perishables for a local food bank. Please bring at least one item with you on November 19th.

Thursday, November 24 | Electric City Gobbler

It’s a Thanksgiving Day Tradition!! Join us on Thanksgiving morning as we Gobble or Wobble our way to the finish line!! Strollers are welcome and costumes are encouraged!

Race proceeds benefit Anderson food banks, Operation Active Kids and the Salvation Army. Donations of money, blankets, good used coats and running shoes will also be accepted on race day! Register HERE.

Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC

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From Sky Top’s website: The mountains of western North Carolina are full of pick your own u-pick orchards. We offer more. In addition to a long list of apple varieties, visit Sky Top Orchard and you’ll enjoy panoramic mountain views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and more, a bamboo forest to explore, lots of picnic areas and, of course, a mountaintop of fragrant apple and fruit trees. View our downloadable map to see all that we have to offer.

When you purchase a bushel of apples, a wagon load of pumpkins or a cooler full of apple cider you’ll take home more than the makings for delicious fall recipes, you’ll take home a mountain of memories too. And don’t forget our famous apple cider doughnuts. They’re an autumn tradition. We bet you can’t eat just one.

Ready to join us on top of our mountain? Plan Your Visit Today!

Bonus: Here are 9 Apple Recipes to Spice Up Your Fall!

August – hopefully January | Clemson Football, of course!!!

Fall in Anderson and the Upstate wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Clemson football! Go tigers!

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Happy Fall Y’all!

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The Creative Home | A Young House Full Of Love (and Art!)

When I first thought about this series for the blog, my friend Taylor’s house was one of the ones at the top of my very first list of people whose houses I wanted to photograph.

A few notes before we “begin the tour”. Taylor has an eclectic mix of art throughout her home. Every time I’m at her house, I notice a new piece. She also pairs things well… a throw and a pillow or a picture frame and a book or even as foundational as rug and tile. Take a minute to notice her groupings, her pairings and her pattern combinations. Third, notice her paint colors. Taylor uses neutrals with a kick throughout her home – and even notice the colors of her ceilings, and her “risky” choices. This home is about paying attention to the details, with the end result pulling together a beautiful bigger picture that is the Young home. If you ask me, this home is a work of art in and of itself!

Who lives here? Taylor and Matt Young. Taylor is an 8th generation Andersonian. Matt is from Troy, SC. They both love the community, the Lord and their family, especially their two-year-old son, King (named after Taylor’s maiden name) and there sweet pup, Flippo.

When was it built? The house was built in the early 1990s, but we gutted it and di a facelift with the hopes that the outside would look like it had been there since the early 1890s. We really wanted that old farmhouse look. In fact, it actually sits on old farmland and used to have an old farmhouse sitting somewhere near the existing house.

When did you move in? 3 years ago this past August

How many square feet is it? 3200

What’s your favorite room? (Powder room, right?) Yes, I love the powder room. I love the guest bathroom, too. Lol, must love bathrooms. But really, I think I like those best because I wasn’t afraid to take risks with paint colors, tile, etc….

Any favorite items? My hand-picked original art, my mantel beam, Anthropologie soup tureen.

A favorite piece of furniture? Antique chairs that came out of the old Sullivan-King Mortuary downtown (that I refinished and recovered). I also love our front porch swing. it was my grandparents’ swing. (see photo at the top of the post)

How would you describe your style? Eclectic-traditional with hints of Asian and tribal styles. If I had to pick one store to furnish my whole house it would be Ballard Designs.

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{Welcome to the Young’s}

I’m pretty sure I have only ever entered through the side door, which brings you in through the laundry/mud room, which also has half bath across from the interior entry to the garage. This mudroom area opens up to a great room.

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I LOVE the piece of art in the upper left of the above photo!

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Taylor is tailored. Always put together but never, ever pretentious. The evening I came over to photograph was also an evening we were having our home group – basically a not-on-Sunday “Sunday school” group of amazing peopled we do life with…. Taylor had put together Arnold Palmer’s in honor of awesome A.P. who had just passed. {Moment of silence for golf’s greats.}

And P.S. how gorgeous is her countertop???

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Again, I love Taylor’s textures and pattern pairings. The photo above is a nice little panorama.

Behind the wall with the oven sits the Young’s dining room:

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Don’t miss the birdcages on the end of the kitchen wall.

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Looping back into the kitchen through the doorway to the left, we’ll pass the stove and turn left to one of my FAVORITE surprises at the Young Home…

This amazing spice cabinet between the pantry and powder room…

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WHICH IS ALSO A SECRET DOOR!!! Yes. That’s right. A secret door. It goes to their bedroom. But first we’ll pop into the powder room.

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My camera skills are lacking in photographing narrow rooms like Taylor’s powder room, so I wasn’t able to get a great picture of the sink area without myself in the photo, but it is this great boxed mirror. I love her color choice and penny tile in the powder room.

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Alright, let’s sneak through the spice cabinet into the master bedroom. Just inside to the right is the master bath with a separated sink area and shower/toilet area. Again, love her pairings and textures…. and that sweet picture of King above the hand towel.

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One thing I have not yet pointed out is the subtle color in the ceiling paint.  Taylor strays away from everyone-has-it white and goes with a cool, comforting, very pale blue. I also love the accent wall by the front door straight ahead (photo above), as well as the french doors opening up to their bedroom.

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A can’t miss sweet face greets you inside the front door at the bottom of the staircase.

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…and notice that wall waiting at the top of the stairs. The sitting area at the top of the staircase is hands down one of my favorite spots in the Young home.

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Upstairs to the left is King’s room. Masculine, but still sweet, it’s decorated with several pieces of animal art, and a neutral pallette. The giraffe parent and baby in the photo below is actually a painting of baby Kiko from the Greenville Zoo. 

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I love King’s little airplane bathroom. My super creative friend did an AH MAYZ ING job with her son’s first birthday, which was also airplane themed. One of these days I’ll get some pictures from her and blog about the event!

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The guest room sits between staircase sitting room and the bonus room. It is a perfect sizes for guests with a peaceful color palette.

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One of Taylor’s bolder color choices resides in the guest bath with its navy blue walls. Light tile and a trio of Asian prints make this a statement bathroom.

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The bonus room sits just beyond the guest bath, with a warm, come-in-and-stay-awhile feel.

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A little collection of art hiding up int he bonus room. I love, love, the figs.

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Nestled back in the corner (love this door too, by the way) is a sweet little office space. 

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Just outside of the office is a table and a play area for King, and another staircase which would lead you back downstairs into the great room….

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And that, my friends, is the Young home! See what I mean? Love this creative space. Thank you for joining The Creative Home tour, and a special thank you to the Youngs for opening their home!

I’m already excited about my December house, and I have two more houses I hope to get down to the beach to photograph soon! I was supposed to go down for a short visit a couple of weeks ago, but Matthew disrupted those plans.

Sidenote: as this post goes up, many many South Carolinians in the Low Country and Coastal areas are recovering from Matthew or dealing with the flooding that occurred as the waterway crested yesterday. Keeping y’all in my prayers!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! See you soon!

Previous Creative Home Tours:

If you have or know of a creative space you’d like to see featured, I’d love to come take a look and even snap a few photos – please email me at lauren@theoliveshoe.com and let’s have a chat!

In an ode to one of my previously mentioned old favorites…There’s no place like home!

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A Kiddoween | Making Halloween for the Kids

Halloween has so many levels and avenues to go down. The celebration can be scary, squishy, or silly. Our society is so focused on being ‘politically correct’ that I feel our kids are missing some opportunities for some REAL fun!! I am thankful that I found a preschool for my children that isn’t afraid to celebrate Halloween and make it fun for everyone. You will see updates on this at a later date. This post will give you some thoughts on how to bring the fun back to the Halloween celebrations and make it a true Kiddoween.

Scene:  The atmosphere can really make a kids party successful. It sets the tone for success. Now do you need a 50 ft. inflatable spider? I mean that is great and all but definitely not a requirement. It needs to be fun, visually stimulating, and with a touch of whimsy. Here are some of my favorite decorations for a children’s party both Amazon bought (for those working parents or not there is NO SHAME) and DIY for you crafty people!

Store bought:

I love these three dimensional bats. These are totally whimsical, fun, and most importantly a quick and easy decoration.

These eyes are totally fun. You can make them spooky or just add some fun to different objects in your home and/or yard.

You can’t have the best party without the music! This playlist gives you a great list to get your party started.

It’s also not a celebration in my book without some festive lights. I love these adorable pumpkin lights – you can put them up unabashedly in September and leave them thru Thanksgiving!

I really like using paper lanterns because they are light, easy to hang, and easy to store for a repeat appearance. They are also great to use as centerpieces as well.

I love this giant spider and web! One it has a spooky factor without being too scary. Two it can be outside and or inside. Lastly you can always hang your own things from the spider web as well!!

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These are some great projects to decorate the outside of the property. Fun, festive and oh so cute!

I love these Halloween hacks because they are really simple and can be completed with things you may already have in your house or Halloween collections.

You don’t have to create all these decorations alone. Let the kiddos get in on the fun! You can do these as a before the party crafts or during the party crafts. Either way it is bound to create loads of fun!

Creations: What would a Kiddoween party be without some spooky creations? I remember as a kid Halloween crafts being some of my favorite. Not only because they included candy, but also because it was a time I got to create slimy and spooky critters. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty with this holiday!

Tricks: What would Halloween be without some tricks. Tricks are typically carried out by mischievous teenagers. But these don’t need to be mean-spirited. They could be fun or even competitive. This is really where you can let your creativity fly! Don’t be afraid to create your own!!

Treats: Candy is the obvious go-to for Halloween. However, we all known how difficult sugared up children can be to manage. So listed below you will find some healthy AND not so healthy food options for your party. Regardless of what you choose, they will be fun, creative, and tasty.

Love this idea for a kids party or an adult party! Plus you can reuse them on a later date.

Here are some other great drinks that would be perfect for a kids or even an adult party!

Love these sprinkles. It makes it so easy to turn anything into Halloween related activity!

There are some really easy treats and some complicated treats in here as well. Plus make sure you check out the end of the article because there are more recipes provided!

Today we do need to be conscious of children who have severe food allergies. So just in case they can’t have what food you prepared you can get them a non-food treat! These are also great for the night of Halloween with your trick-or-treaters!!

Here is a series of adorable and healthy Halloween treats.

Even if you can’t help throw your kids’ party you can still send them with the coolest Halloween lunch! They will surely make the other kids jealous while also still being pretty healthy!

I hope I have helped get those creative juices flowing in regards to allowing Halloween to become a Kiddoween once again. Whether it is for a school party, neighborhood trick-or-treat, or a home party, you will surely have a great event with all the ideas listed above. Some of my most favorite memories have happened around events dealing with Halloween. I hope your family and friends all have a fun safe and spooky Kiddoween!!!

Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Creative Home | The Bibbs | Loving, Lived In, Southern Style

Hi Friends!

It’s been a while! Summer was a whirlwind. So many things I want to blog about and so many irons in the fire! Whew! While I try to process through all of the topics and possible posts and new material, projects, and SO MUCH GOOD STUFF I want to share with y’all, I have a special treat for today: the next installment on The Creative Home Tour.

I knew the minute I walked into this house for the first time that it had to be on the tour. My friend, creative collaborator, #Esther414 advocate, and Sunday summit-er has a passion for life, a love for family, a desire (and incredible talent) for hosting in her home and elsewhere and THE DISHES. THE ART. O….M….Good gracious. Skilled at blending color, textures & patterns, the Bibb home is not only loving, focused on family, and welcoming to guests…all done with creativity and style.

Welcome to The Bibb Home.

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Who lives here? Mykael, Mike, Henry (1 year old) and Maggie (the family pup).

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{The Bibbs, Christmas 2015}

When was it built? 2004

When did you move in? 2005

How many square feet is it? 3300

What’s your favorite room? Henry’s. I painted this room before Mike and I ever met with a child in mind. I used to come into this room and pray for him in the mornings before we got pregnant.

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Henry’s room is colorful and playful. A friendly giraffe bigger than little Henry guards the room, and a handmade mobile hangs over Henry’s turquoise crib.

Because Henry is almost to a big boy bed but not quite, an little mattress and pillow “decorate” the floor.

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Do you have a favorite piece of furniture? The buffet in the dining room has the best story. I bought it from this woman’s son who was selling all of her furniture. She showed up at the salon one day, and I cut her hair just once – and told me all the stories about her furniture.

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Ok, so what’s the deal with the dishes? My mom used to take me with her to antique stores, and over the years, well… I used to buy the green jadeite a little at a time and now I have quite a bit! I feel like the kitchen table is intimate. Not a big dining room table or a banquet but when someone is eating in your kitchen. It’s personal. I want people to feel like they have eaten well in my kitchen, and for the experience to be just as good as the food.

(FYI, it is, y’all. Mykael is an excellent cook and it always looks pretty.)

Do you have a favorite item in your house? I used to have an index card of what I was looking for in a husband. I had it framed and gave it to Mike as a wedding gift.

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{How special is this, y’all?…and how about that wallpaper?!?!?}

How would you describe your style? (Laughs) Living among multiple styles and a one-year-old?

Who have been some of your major style influencers? Lynn Ramsey, Ina Garten, Mary Kay Andrews

A teal door greets you at the front steps of the Bibb home, where you enter into a great room that looks over Broadway lake.

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A quick turn and you’re facing the kitchen, kitchen table, that gorgeous hutch with Mykael’s collection of Mottahedah Tobacco Leaf and Jadeite dishes I mentioned earlier, the dining room and the sun room…but before we head over there, let’s take a quick peek into the master bedroom.

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{P.S. I spy two little tulip paintings by yours truly up there on the wall!}

I love how Mykael blends art, ordinary items, and sentimental items into her every day decor. We laughed at Henry’s toys in her bedroom, but I love how it shows both her style and ability to retain her identity while embracing motherhood.

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There’s that gorgeous wallpaper again! The master bath features a footed tub and vanity space as well.

Ok, lets finish checking out the great room and the rest of the house!

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Oh I almost forgot! Love this little nook as you enter and exit the master bedroom. Not only is there a precious picture of Henry and his little tiny footprint, but also a Maggie painting, and two other tiny paintings. A jadeite bowl filled with dried flowers Mike has giving Mykael completes the mini-collection. Family is clearly a priority in this creative home.

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{I am IN LOVE with her collection of oyster dishes that welcome you to the dining room.}

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{This sweet teepee serves as a little reading nook for Henry}

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{The kitchen table ready for lunch}

Through the doorway in the kitchen we can sneak a peek at the sunroom, where Maggie was napping.

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Below are two of my favorite pieces from Mykael’s art collection.

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Just behind the kitchen is an L-shaped hallway. One arm serves as the laundry area and home hub, with a door at the end that leads out to a carport and patio.

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{Don’t miss the vintage lunch box collection on the 3rd shelf}

Down the other arm of the hallway we find the guest room and guest bath…along with more of her jadeite collection {SWOON}…

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{And how adorable is that sweet girl (cough, cough, Mykael) by the pond?}

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{Love that little post-it of English & Spanish “Take A Bath” for teaching Henry}

Henry’s room, is also down that hallway, which you saw a little bit earlier.

Last surprise down that hallway is an amazing closet turned mini-office, which is a testament to Mykaels creativity AND organization! I love this little nook that is well-labeled, loved and creatively decorated.

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…and now I leave you for lunch at Mykael’s kitchen table and the rest of our Summit Sunday. Thanks for taking this Creative Home Tour! Can’t wait until next month!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!!

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In an ode to one of my previously mentioned old favorites…There’s no place like home!

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Notable Quotes from #BlogHer16 | Experts Among Us

Happy Monday!

I’m still digesting the massive amount of information from this past weekend (and recovering from cross-country jet lag), but running through a first pass at my notes, I thought it only fair to share my favorite quotes from some of the fabulous people I was surrounded by this weekend. From bloggers, to celebrities (turned bloggers), to accidental activitists, moms, and makers or all of the above…I was inundated with brainfood all weekend. I will definitely be writing more about it, but here are my favorite quotes from #BlogHer16:

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“I wanted to do more.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar, on why she started FoodStirs.com

“I went from being an awkward child to an awkward teenager to an awkward public adult.” – Mayim Bialik

“We are the makers and the makers are who make change.” – Aisha Tyler

“If you spend your life worrying about your legacy and what you’re trying to do, you’re going to miss the moment.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“As bloggers you have a platform, use it. You don’t have to change the world, just change something.” – April Reign

“The investors don’t decide whether or not you get to build your business. You decide whether or not you build your business.” – Adda Birnir

“I don’t think – ‘Am I being authentic?’…I just do my life.” – Mayim Bialik

 

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“There is power in knowledge.” – Sheryl Crow

“The point is not to make science sexy. It is to make science for everyone because IT IS for everyone.” – Mayim Bialik

“I’m happy to say I made it to TV, and I didn’t do it in a bikini.” – Heather Hardy

“Hollywood is not as progressive as it likes to think it is.” – Matt McGory

“Failure is just your first attempt in learning.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“We have to be putting ourselves out there and standing in the way of issues.” – Matt McGory

“The world gets really, really big and really, really small with every passing year.” – Mayim Bialik

 

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“I like to surround myself with people I can always count on for advice.” –Kim Kardashian West

“Build your own business. Build your own culture. Build something great.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“Failure is just your first attempt in learning.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“Meditation is a practice.” –Sheryl Crow

“Deciding to join the military is one of the most intentional choices a person can make in this country.” – Barika Edwards

“People don’t connect to perfection. Vulnerability is powerful.” – Courtney Nichols Gould

“Our show is about outsiders and underdogs…our show is a show about people who are different and EVERYONE has that experience.” – Mayim Bialik

“We have to have peace within ourselves…sometimes in means being quiet without iPads and toys and stimulation.” – Sheryl Crow, on parenting

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“The decision to dress modestly does not mean we are oppressed or dull… [It is] the choice to define beauty in our own terms.” – Zahra Aljabri, Founder Mode-sty, Winner of the 2016 “The Pitch”

“I wasn’t put on this Earth to win an Emmy. The reason I do what I do is to find my purpose on this earth, not to look pretty on a red carpet.” – Mayim Bialik

“Learning to do it yourself is incredibly empowering.” – Adda Birnir, on any skillset, Founder of Skillcrush

“Being empowered means seeking…” – Sheryl Crow

“Remove your ego to get to where you want to go.” – Terri Trespicio

“You want to do your friend a favor? Buy her a massage.” – Lucrecer Braxton, On friends asking for business favors

“What is the road to invention? Creativity.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“The retirement savings crisis in this country is a woman’s crisis. Why? Because we live 6-8-10 years longer than them  and we make 2/3 of what they do.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“People keep saying, why are you talking about so many things? Because I think about all of those things – because I’m allowed.” – Mayim Bialik

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“I’m a crunchy, hippie, granola Mom.” – Mayim Bialik

“You need to believe you are good enough.” – Lucrecer Braxton

“Sometimes we have to go through a pretty big upheaval to get to Hope.” – Aisha Tyler

“You are enough just being you.” – Lizzie Valasquez

“Moments lead to forever, not expectations.” – Michelle Dowell Vest

“We may be ignorant about a cause until it becomes personal.” – Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“As allies we have to be ok making mistakes because we are going to make mistakes.” – Matt McGory

“Stories of failures will make us far less fearful of them.” – Samantha Skey, on failure as a learning tool

“I’m here because I didn’t want to wait for someone else to tell me I can be and say and create who I am.” – Aisha Tyler

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“My whole thing is non-judgementalism…if that’s a thing.” – Kim Kardashian West

“No one knows what to do with me. It’s the story of my life.” – Mayim Bialik

“I have evolved into an accidental activist.” – Lucy McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis who was shot and killed for his music being too loud in FL.

“A lot of times when I get out there and say things, I’m starting a conversation because people have no idea that things are even going on.” – Heather Hardy, on equal pay for women in sports

“That’s the difference in making your own video…false eyelashes.” – Mayim Bialik

“Our intentions don’t necessarily matter…the small things add up and create the culture that makes certain behaviors acceptable.” – Matt McGory, on being aware of our actions & attitudes

Such. A. Fantastic. Weekend. More later as I process through the information! Best wishes for a creative week!

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The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Laure {LAC} James © 2016 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, and of course, come back and visit again soon!

Please visit the online art gallery {Art by LAC} and Etsy Shop too!

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