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A Day at the Spa!

My husband and I recently celebrated 15 years of marriage!

Our anniversary is on Dec 23rd, and although I loved our wedding and everything about it, finding time during Christmas season is always hard.

He was sweet enough to have this gorgeous bouquet waiting for me when I woke up that morning.   But then came the hustle and bustle of church and company and cooking.   So I decided to surprise my hard working man with a treat after the craziness settled down.

I knew we would get home right at dinner time, so before we left I made a huge pot of chili.  I like to keep my chili low carb, so I added lots of beef and sausage.  Then just added 1 can of beans, onions and diced tomatoes.

I kept the secret of where we were going for over a week…that is a big deal!  But my hubby loves surprises and his love language is quality time, (well, and physical touch!) so I kept my mouth shut.

I told him to wear workout clothes, but to pack a bag with a bathing suit, and a comfy outfit to come home in.   And I told him to make sure his underwear was in good shape.  Ha ha!  He guessed  we were doing a sexy photo shoot, or going to Ray’s  Splash Planet.  (Um, No.)

We ended up at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge.  They have a wonderful spa there with so many amenities.  The cool thing is, when you book a service, you can hang out all day long.  and that is exactly what we did.

I did insist on us getting a good workout in before we lounged and got pampered.  Only because it puts us both in such a good mood.  We did 40 minutes on the elliptical, and then some free weights.

After our workout, we changed into our suits and relaxed by the pool.  We drank a glass of wine, read and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

This picture sums up how relaxed we felt after our couples massage.  We had an add on, and we both went for the deep tissue.  I needed that!  I’ve amped up my workouts a bit so I had some pretty tight knots in my upper back and hamstrings.

After our massages, we relaxed some more by the pool and enjoyed the steam room and the sauna.  And lots of cucumber water.

Pedicures came next…It is hard to see how beautiful this view is.  It was a pretty gloomy day in Charlotte, so this picture doesn’t do it justice.    I can’t wait to come back on a gorgeous, sunny day.  I am thinking about treating my sister to a spa day when she hits her next promotion!

The finished product!  I got a cute puple color…he just got a buff and loved rocking those spa sandals.  🙂

And that is a rap!  We felt all glowy and  shiny when we left.

This is something my husband would never do for himself, but really deserves it.  He is a really hard worker and does so much for me, my kids, and everyone else in his circle.  He enjoyed it and it was so nice to get a way for several hours.

A wise person once gave me the secret to a happy marriage

“Once a week-Once a month-Once a year.”

Once a week go on a date.  This doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner, or expensive night on the town.  My husband and I go for a walk, yoga, or simply kick the kids out for an hour so we can connect over bagged salads at our kitchen table.  Once a month is when you are supposed to get away…even if it is to a hotel in the same city!   (Sending the kids away counts too!) The once a year is taking a vacation together…alone.  (That is one we are working on now!)

 

Stay tuned… next week I will recap my Raleigh trip and share what I’ve been eating lately!

xo

 

Top Posts of 2016

I will be the very first one to admit that 2016 was not my best blogging year.  In fact, I took off for months at a time, and even wrote THIS POST about why I took a break.

I have made a decision to try again in 2017.  I really enjoy it…even if it is just for me and my family.  When I went to my high school reunion this year, several friends begged me to keep it up.  And as much as I may embarrass my husband, I know secretly he enjoys it!  Sometimes,  I like to think about my grandkids and great grandkids looking through my blog.  Seeing what books we read, what we ate, my favorite things,  funny favorites, and… how flexible Granny was!

Here is a look at my top posts of 2016:

  1.  Teaching Schedule: always in the top 10…I plan to update it weekly with my latest and greatest!
  2. Recipes:  I promise to keep updating this page!  It is one of my favorites to share throughout the year.
  3. It Has Been A Year: A look back at a year.  A year of grief.  A year when my heart was so broken and I felt broken.  My dad is in heaven.  January 8th will be two years…which is pretty unbelievable.  There are days when it seems like yesterday and other days when it seems like that was 10 years ago.
  4. Proposal Roast:  Ya’ll need a ring, huh?  I cannot believe this was the fourth most read blog.  It came in at over 8,000 views!  I know I saw a few engagements on Facebook…I wonder if this roast had anything to do with it!?
  5. Letter To Myself:  I absolutely LOVED this exercise and plan to do it again in January of 2017.  Even though not everything happened as planned it was so empowering.
  6. Body Composition-Part II:  all about how the scale blows.  And how working out and eating clean can get you some pretty sweet gains otherwise.
  7. May Favorites-  it still surprises me how well these “favorite” posts go over.  Not sure why it is so surprising.  I know I love reading/talking  about foods, lotions, workouts and other faves from others.
  8. The Scoop On…Plexus Slim:  This was a fun little segment I started!  The plan was to go through each product in the Plexus line with the “scoop” on each.  I will definitely finish this off in 2017!  I did get as far as doing one more scoop.  Click HERE to read about Plexus Block.
  9. Dinner for Twelve:  The yummy 12 places in Charlotte I picked to eat at.  This is TOTALLY on my list to hurry up and complete.  I mean…hello?!  Why did I not fulfill this dream destiny?  🙂
  10. Weekend Recap:  Again…You guys love reading just normal everyday things that my family and I do.  And I love that.  xo

Okay 2017.  I’m coming.  <3

 

Dinner for Twelve-Corkbuzz

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!

Just wanted to pop in and tell you about my experience at Corkbuzz.  This was my third restaurant that I am featuring in the Dinner for Twelve series for the blog!

Corkbuzz is located in the Southpark area and is known for their extensive selection of wines.  They offer classes where you can learn more about types, how to pair with food and just simply taste the wines.

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I invited one of my favorite wine-loving friends and her boyfriend to join Daniel and I.  We made sure to take our Plexus Block before indulging in all the wine!

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The place settings are clean and simple.

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We started out with a pinot noir.  This particular one was from a winery in Oregon, called Runaway Red.  There is an awesome story that goes along with this.  But, you’ll have to go in yourself to hear it!  Seriously, that is one thing I loved about Corkbuzz.  The staff told these amazing stories about every wine.

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One thing on the menu that I loved were these flights.  Three 3 oz glasses of a category of wine.  My friend and I split the New World Pinot Noir and the 2015 selection of Rose.

Appetizers were served and no picture was taken.  We got the brussell sprouts, which had fennel, marcona almonds, and cheese curds.  The other couple ordered the grilled octopus, which had herb dumplings, bacon, macadamia nuts, and whipped feta.

Both phenomenal.

IMG_4438This is going to sound strange, but during the week, when I mentioned I was going to Corkbuzz, THREE separate people told me to get the burger.  I knew my hubby was going to be happy!  He is a beer and burger man for sure.  It is a bourguignon burger with red wine fondue, bacon-mushroom relish, and served with french fries.  Of course I had a bite and it absolutely melted in my mouth!

IMG_4439 My friend ordered the crab linguine (Which they did with gluten-free pasta for her!)  The Linguine dish had a ton of crab, english peas, castelvetrano olives, garlic confit, and farmer’s cheese.  Her boyfriend got the pork tenderloin which was cilantro rubbed, served with goat cheese potatoes, grilled romaine, and topped with blueberry jam.

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I got the corvina sea bass which had artichokes, roasted brussels sprouts, and a charcuterie sauce.

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Perks of being a blogger…we got dessert cocktails on the house.  This also has a great story behind it.  And it was very delicious too!

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Will I go again?

Absolutely!

I love the flights…I want to try them all!  Plus, I gotta go back for those brussell sprouts.  🙂

Have and awesome week!  xo

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