Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Happy House

Happy House Tybee Joy
Happy House is a spectacular 3-story Luxury Cottage that sleeps 27!
I love touring beautiful homes and while I was visiting my friend Joy on Tybee Island, I was able to go through The Happy House, a vacation rental home Joy manages.  It is the perfect home for a family reunion, ladies getaway, men's getaway, golf retreat, bloggers retreat, or running group.  This home is professionally decorated and offers all the amenities you would expect in a upscale coastal home.   Tybee Joy Vacation Rentals  is offering a Super Special on this fabulous home...Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night for free--that is a $650 value.  This offer is effective immediately through June 14, 2014.  Reservations must be booked before Saturday, June 7, 2014.  This 3-story luxury island cottage is located at 110 Miller Avenue, Tybee Island, Georgia...just 12 miles from Savannah.  It's a 4 minute walk to the beach and a 2 minute walk to shops and restaurants.
The 4,500+ square foot home has 2 electric fireplaces, cathedral wood ceilings, and a gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops, walk-in pantry, and a breakfast bar.  There is a full service 4-stop elevator which provides handicap access to this home.  A back porch runs the width of the home on the first level and there is another screened in porch running the width of the 2nd level.  The rear yard is enclosed with a 8' privacy fence.
The great room on the first level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
The gourmet kitchen located on the first level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
More of the gourmet kitchen...
Happy House Tybee Joy
Dining area located on the first level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
Bedroom located on the first level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
Bedroom located on the first level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
Bedroom located on the second level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy

Bedroom located on the second level of the home
Happy House Tybee Joy
Children's area with bunk beds on the second level of the home
Happy House Tybee Joy
Second children's room with bunk beds and day beds, located on the second level of the home
Happy House Tybee Joy

Master suite located on the third level of the home.
Happy House Tybee Joy
Living area near the master suite, located on the third level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
Vanity area located in the jill jill bathroom, on the second level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy

The master bath, located on the third level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy
Back porch, located on the first level of the home...
Happy House Tybee JoyScreened back porch, located on the second level of the home...
Happy House Tybee Joy

You can view a virtual tour of this home here.
Take advantage of this fabulous offer and book your beach getaway now!  Call 912.257.9097/912.257.2520 or you can visit Tybee Joy Vacation Rentals.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chicks Have More Fun

I've been enjoying a girls' week on Tybee Island with my friend Joy...sightseeing, eating, shopping, and more eating!  It's true...Chicks have more fun! This precious tutu greets all the shoppers who enter Seaside Sisters, a cute beach-inspired gift shop on Tybee. 

I had fun getting grown-girl goodies for Joy's Easter basket...I included cosmetics, candy, and some Oh-Joy products from Target.

 This afternoon we made the Easter Basket Beverages from Pinterest.  Instead of alcohol, we used pink lemonade...such an adorable presentation.

Tomorrow morning I'll be attending church on the island at All Saints' Episcopal.  I always love visiting churches whenever I travel.

"HERE'S WHAT I WILL BE WEARING"  This is the Lilly Pulitzer 'Janice' dress in the Glenda Green Beach Bash pattern...perfect with a white cardigan for Easter Sunday at the beach! 

 Happy Easter wishes to all y'all!  It's officially white shoe season!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dining Family-Style at Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House

I'm visiting my friend Joy on Tybee Island and today we headed over to Savannah to have lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House.  Dining at Mrs. Wilkes is one of the top 10 things you must do when visiting Savannah!  Mrs. Wilkes operated the old time family-style dining establishment from 1943 until her death in 2002 at the age of 95.
Mrs. Wilkes

Crowds gather early to line up for the 11:00 a.m. opening of the boarding house dining.  Reservations are never accepted.  No ma'am!

Tables set for 12 are loaded with the most favorite of Southern dishes...fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits.

Family-Style Dining Etiquette Tip:  Of course, family-style dining is only appropriate in an informal setting.  The food is placed on the table in serving dishes and is passed around by each guest.  The table is usually very crowded and it's up to each guest to make sure all the dishes are passed...to the right. {If the guest to your left request a dish, you may pass that dish to them directly instead of going all the way around the table}.  It's considered proper etiquette to pass a serving dish with the serving utensil facing the receiver.  Always use the serving utensils provided, not your personal utensils!  Remember to pass the salt and pepper together...they are married.  Oh, and one more tip...don't try to grab food before it's passed to you!

If a blessing is said at your table, regardless of your beliefs, you should bow your head.

At the end of the meal at Mrs. Wilkes', the waitstaff announces that "it's a tradition in boarding house dining rooms to take your own plate, glass, and utensils out to the busboy waiting at the kitchen door."

There are Mrs. Wilkes' cookbooks containing the recipes for all that down-home Southern cooking available for purchase.

"Here's What I Wore"  The shorts are by Lilly Pulitzer in the 'Coralina' pattern and the cardi is also by Lilly P. 


The staff at Mrs. Wilkes could not have been friendlier and this young lady provided our table excellent customer service. 
Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House is located at 107 West Jones Street in Savannah.  Be there early to get a place in the line.  The doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the meals are served until 2:00 p.m.  Call 912.232.5997 for more information. *Only cash is accepted*

I would have been very shocked if the food at Mrs. Wilkes wasn't the best Southern cooking ever.  I'm happy to say that it was every bit as good as I expected.  Mrs. Wilkes definitely receives my "FIVE SILVER SPOONS" award for keeping it homecooked and Southern!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Masters

Last week was a great week for me.  We bought another house in Georgia and then closed out the week attending The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta.  The Masters is truly a tradition like no other. The course is pure perfection. The employees are gracious. The golf is the best in the world!

The famous sign at the entrance to Magnolia Lane...

The Augusta National has strict rules on conduct, customs, and etiquette.  Those rules are followed by all the patrons for fear of losing their cherished patrons badge! 

I decided to dress for comfort and wore Lilly skorts and tennis shoes.


 It was fun to be back in my hometown!

Everyone wants Masters food, so I took the famous sandwiches home to my friend Joy.

 I was cheering for both Fred Couples and Bubba Watson and was thrilled to see Bubba win.  Here is Bubba and is son Caleb on the 18th green right after he won...on his way to receive his 2nd green jacket.

One of the many reasons I love Bubba...he celebrated his win at The Waffle House!

I'm spending the week on Tybee Island with my friend Joy, then traveling back to visit with my Mama.  Hope y'all are having a beautiful Easter week.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Miss Georgia Peach

Congratulations to Caroline Rowland, a junior at Warner Robins High School, who was crowned Miss Georgia Peach during the pageant held last month in Fort Valley, Ga.  

From left, Little Miss Georgia Peach Lily Barfield, Kathleen, Ga.; Teen Miss Georgia Peach, Malone Powell, of Albany, Ga.; Tiny Miss Georgia Peach, Olivia Rozelle, Bonaire, Ga.; Miss Georgia Peach, Caroline Rowland, Warner Robins, Ga.; Junior Miss Georgia Peach, Emily Rowland, Warner Robins, Ga.  

In the pageant world, young ladies who receive titles from the same pageant are referred to as "sister queens."  This was especially true this year as the Queen's sister, Emily Rowland, was crowned Junior Miss Georgia Peach.  Beauty definitely runs in the Rowland family.  Their mother Brandi Durst Rowland was Miss Georgia Peach 1993.

The Georgia Peach Festival will be held June 6-14 in Byron and Fort Valley, Georgia.  The Queen and her court will spend the next year as official ambassadors of the Georgia Peach Festival and the peach industry. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mimosa and Monroe Blog

I would love to share with y'all a fabulous new blog.  It's Mimosa and Monroe.  Anna and Sarah are two beautiful ladies who are best friends and they are blogging about fashion, design, and travel.  If you have not visited their site, you are missing out!  It's full of colorful decor and fashion.
They wear the cutest, most colorful outfits and dress very ladylike.

Both ladies are Kate Spade lovers, so you'll being seeing lots of dresses, shoes, jewelry, and handbags from Kate Spade.

Just one of their many Kate Spade handbags...that I need.

Love their cork cap toe ballet flats!

Their decor is very tasteful...love the hot pinks and blues!

Here's a peek inside one of their closets...

I hope y'all enjoy their site!