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Five on Friday

Greetings from North Carolina!

With a few extra vacation days in my pocket this year {when has that ever happened to me?!} and a best friend within 2 hours of me {instead of 10}, a road trip up to Asheville was absolutely necessary.

Obviously, seeing this girl.

The fact that we were able to see each other THREE times in the last 6 months is crazy. We're usually lucky if we get to see each other once a year. Plus, getting to hang out with her in one of the best cities ever?
Even. Better.

Any time that I get to make a stop at Wicked Weed, it's a good day.

Add in a visit out to the Grove Park Inn where you snag two rocking chairs in front of the fireplace? It's an awesome day.

Funfetti Cupcakes.

Specifically, Christmas Funfetti cupcakes made with the help of the best Kitchen Aid Mixer around. I'm visiting some old friends later today and I couldn't show up empty handed.

Patrick and I definitely amped up the Christmas cheer at our house this week.

... by a lot. There are actual wrapped presents under the tree, we mailed out our Christmas cards, and the twinkle lights have multiplied around the house on a daily basis. Every time I look up, there are more somewhere else around {or outside of} the house!

Speaking of Christmas, what are some of your favorite Christmas traditions to do in the days leading up to Christmas? We've got Lights at the Zoo on tap next week as well as a Beer & Carols night downtown but we're looking for some other things to add in as well. Whatcha got for us?

Happy Friday! & happy 9 more days until Christmas!


  1. Glad you got a little girls visit in. Happy almost Christmas!

    The Lovely Latte

  2. I love that you were able to visit Asheville - how fun!! Looks like you went to some great spots!! Your Christmas plans for next week sound like a blast!

  3. Check out Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park. I've heard great things about it!
    Here's their fb: https://www.facebook.com/SaludaShoalsPark/

  4. Have a fantastic weekend in Asheville. I can't believe I've lived down here for two years and still haven't been. Christmas looks like the perfect time to be there (even if it's freezing haha).

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  5. So fun that you've gotten to see your bestie so much! I bet Asheville is just gorgeous right now- esp the Grove Park Inn (my favorite!!) Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Oh my word, I didn't realize there was a Christmas funfetti mix - how neat!


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