Weekend In Review

Hello! Happy Monday!

(if there is such a thing)

I had a wonderful weekend and I hope you all did too! My sister came to visit and as usual we had a blast! We tried out Zoe’s Kitchen (yum!), did some shopping, and got pedicures together.

Zoe's Kitchen-- She got chicken with orzo pasta, I had the chicken kabobs

Zoe’s Kitchen– She got chicken with orzo pasta, I had the chicken kabobs

When we started thinking about what to have for lunch on Saturday, my sister’s only request was that it be healthy. My husband suggested Zoe’s Kitchen and it was wonderful! They do healthy Mediterranean style food, only it’s fast! I think these locations are franchises and I’m so glad I tried it out! That’s one app I’ll be using often!

Pedicures--a necessity.

Pedicures–a necessity.

After a healthy dose of retail therapy, it was time to treat our feet! We emerged sandal-ready, even though it was about 30 degrees outside. Sunday warmed up significantly and we were able to enjoy our salads outside and fit in a walk around the neighborhood before she had to pack up her car and hit the road.

As always, I hated to see Sara leave. If only we had enjoyed each other’s company this much when we actually lived in the same house ! I guess a lot of siblings probably feel that way.

I’m going to let the fun times and new memories made carry me through this work week! Have a great week everyone!

xo, dCv

 

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My Favorite Holiday Tradition

Hello all!

It’s been a while, and so much has happened in the past few months. My golden passed away in late August after being sick off and on for that month. I’ve been trying to put myself back together since then and writing has not been on the radar.  I debated whether or not I would blog again, but I do miss the creative outlet so here I am.

On a much happier note, my sister visited this past weekend for our Annual Vaughn Sisters Shopping Trip. It’s so fabulous it deserves to be capitalized! We started doing this a few years ago to wrap up last minute shopping and spend some time together. Originally we would meet in Fredericksburg, Virginia–the halfway point between our homes. Last year we updated the tradition, and Sara spent the weekend at my house so we could have even more shopping time. We did the same thing this year and had a blast! We shopped, laughed, ate too much, and stayed up late together. This tradition is probably my favorite part of Christmas.

Getting started on Saturday morning!

Getting started on Saturday morning!

Our favorite sushi at Ichiban.

Our favorite sushi at Ichiban.

There's always room for fro yo! Taking a quick break at Sweet Frog.

There’s always room for fro yo! Taking a quick break at Sweet Frog.

We shopped at Premium Outlets in Williamsburg on Friday night. Then we hit all the other little stops on Saturday. There aren’t a lot of grocery choices in Luray, so my sister likes to stock up at Trader Joe’s when she comes to Williamsburg. We were in for a treat–live music! This guy sang one of my holiday favorites: Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer!

Live Christmas music at Trader Joe's.

Live Christmas music at Trader Joe’s.

I was sad to see her leave on Sunday, but I will be home in Luray in just a few days to celebrate Christmas with my family.  After sis hit the road, I spent the rest of the evening recuperating. Shopping can really wear you out!

Putting my feet up and enjoying the tree!

Putting my feet up and enjoying the tree!

 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

 

xo, dCv

Catching Up

Hi Everyone!

I hope y’all are enjoying the summer so far. After the winter we had, I thought summer would never come! Now it’s here and it’s 90 degrees (+) outside everyday. We all swore we wouldn’t complain– but dang, it’s hot outside!

Life has been busy as usual. The hubs and I just got back from a weeklong vacation in Florida, which was incredible!

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

 

We stopped in Orlando first to visit with my brothers and sister in law, and our neice, then spent the week in St. Augustine.

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We stayed in a gorgeous house for the week, with a pool and wonderful screened-in porch. We grilled out, sunbathed, and just enjoyed having no where to be and nothing we had to do! We spent the majority of our vacation out there. Cole especially enjoyed the pool!

The Grill Master, my hubs

The Grill Master, my hubs

On the verge of jumping in

On the verge of jumping in

This vacation was just what I needed. I was really able to clear my head and fully relax. I can’t tell you how long it has been since I have been able to completely relax! I think people fall into two vacation camps; those who want to do nothing, and those who want to go out and do everything. The hubs and I fall into the former category!

 

Wish I were still here...

Wish I were still here…

What are your vacation plans this summer?

 

xo,

dCv

Week in Review + Casual Friday

Hello All! Happy Friday!

This week has been a little crazy, but GREAT! I’ve stretched out celebrating my birthday as much as I can, so I guess it’s back to the real world for me now.

I went home to Luray last weekend and my family took me out for an early birthday dinner. We went to the Speakeasy, a little restaurant and bar that’s part of the Mimslyn Inn.

The Mimslyn, Luray, Virginia

The Mimslyn, Luray, Virginia

My sister, mom, and me on the front steps

My sister, mom, and me on the front steps

I had a wonderful visit at home. Lots of laughing with my sister is the best thing in the world. It’s the strangest thing though: When I was little I suffered from terrible allergies. Like miss-school-for-weeks allergies. And now when I go visit, nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful my eyes no longer swell shut, but it’s just strange that it doesn’t affect me at all now!

Who’s ready for Casual Friday???

Blouse, Ann Taylor Factory; Jeans, Loft; Wedges, Nina; Necklace, Target.

Blouse, Ann Taylor Factory; Jeans, Loft; Wedges, Nina; Necklace, Target.

I get excited for the rare occassions I can take photos outside. It has rained so much and stays so cloudy. But today is gogeous so I took advantage!

Necklace, Target.

Necklace, Target.

I fell for this necklace the second I saw it! It reminds me of a (way cheaper version!!) Kate Spade necklace I saw last year. I love the colors and I love that it’s nice and long! I couldn’t find it online, so check your local stores!

Have a great weekend, y’all!