Sunday, July 27, 2014


Sorry sorry sorry. That's three sorries for how sorry I am that it's been awhile since I've posted. What can I say, sandy beaches and salty water have gotten in the way. Let me show you what I've been doing lately...

My mom and I made our annual summer trip to the beach, heading once again to the beautiful Hilton Head Island. You can see last years trip recap HERE.

If you're unfamiliar with the splendors of Hilton Head, picture beautiful Spanish moss hanging off lush trees, picture perfect beaches and a family environment. Every year I go I love it even more!

Another reason I love it (besides spending quality time with my mom) is that there is great food on the island! We stayed at the lovely Westin this year and it was a gorgeous hotel that had great hotel food. Exhibit A, delicious room service breakfast. Seriously, stay at the Westin. 

In other foodie news I had a delectable Moscow Mule at a new restaurant called The Lucky Rooster. This restaurant had a super interesting menu and yummy food. Highly recommended!

Of course my mom and I had to have an Italian meal while we were there. Luckily we found Michael Anthony's, a fixture on the island for over 15 years. If you're looking for delicious Italian at the beach, look no further! Here we are with our beachy-tiramisu. Hee hee. 

Another great mother-daughter trip in the books!

Next up on my tour of Carolina beaches was the lovely Bald Head Island which we went to for my mother in laws 60th birthday. And what a celebration it was! Bald Head is a small island off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina. You park your car in Wilmington, hop on a ferry and start relaxing on a car-free, golf-carts only beach island oasis. The 5 mile island has wildlife, a few restaurants and bars, beautiful beaches and not much else. But what else do you really need? I could have stayed for weeks. 

This was our home for the week. There's my mother in law (the birthday girl!) waving from the porch!

If you follow me on Instagram (@jackiefo)  you know that my adorable nieces Brooke and Claire were on the trip with us as well. Here they are chilling on the beach. I mean could they be cuter? I apologize in advance for the cuteness overload.

Brookie drove a golf cart! 

...okay, no she didn't really drive a golf cart. But she looked totes cute pretending!

 Claire Bear really relaxed by sitting back with some mags. Just replace her snack cup with wine and it could be me reading my mags... 

Here's Claire and I on the beach... 

...and here's Brookie and I. 

We climbed this lighthouse (Old Baldy - and no, I'm not making that name up)..

...and we kayaked in the salt marshes which was gorgeous. And kind of hard. Kayaking is a great arm workout you guys.

One of the greatest things about traveling with kids (besides their general adorableness) is that:

a) someone is always up before you to make the coffee and b) you can drink your cocktails on the beach out of cute Elmo cups. 

I also like it because sometimes they can be little detectives. What am I talking about? Well last year for our anniversary Mr. Fo got me an engraved Moon & Lola monogram necklace, something I'd been wanting for awhile. It's not diamonds, but it's not costume jewelry I really tried to take good care of it. Of course in about two months I obviously  lost it. After searching and searching the cat was out of the bag, Mr. Fo found out and that was history. Until 6 mos later, Detective Brooke found it at Bald Head Island, a place I'd never been before...say whaaaat? See her below all proud and adorable with my lost necklace!

To make a long story short, the necklace must have been stuck in the lining of one of my bags that I took to the beach and it fell out while we were at Bald Head. Brooke found it on her way to say "goodbye to the beach" on our last morning there...could that be cuter? If she hadn't found it, it would really have been lost forever! 

And with the missing necklace memory solved, the sun set on our Bald Head Island trip! I hope to go back again next summer!

Driving home from the beach is always a bummer, but a visit to Pee Dees Orchard for some homemade peach ice cream makes it a little better. If that was closer to Charlotte I would probably turn into a peach from overexposure. Millions of peaches...peaches for me...

In other summer news, I celebrated the 4th of July with my BFF Kalle whose birthday is on the 4th. I made that cake I talked about HERE! It didn't turn out like the picture, but that's okay.

My mom was there for the celebration today...can we talk about how she looks so beautiful and young in this photo? #hottie

In news that is pretty much the opposite of cake, I'm training for my first 10K race which is a 6.2 mile race. Here I am post rainy run with my mini-triathalon partners. And seriously, it was a total downpour for almost all of our 4-mile run. I'm toying with the idea of following up this 10K with a half-marathon (that's 13.1 miles)...can someone please talk me out of this craziness???

Finally, I've got lots of weddings and events coming up late summer and fall. One of the most fun is a pink and orange Mexican Fiesta birthday bash I'm doing mid-August. Think a taco bar combined with a margarita fabulous, right? Combined with these beautiful, colorful flowers, I'm pumped to see how this fiesta turns out!

Whew..I'm tired from that recap...its almost like I need to go back to the beach to relax from just talking about my summer. (First World Problems...) Hope you're summer has been great and I'll be back with regular posts this later this week! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Little Man - Bowtie Baby Shower

Are you into cute baby showers and bowties? Well if so you will love this adorable "Little Man" baby shower my sister-in-law threw a few weeks ago. 

I loved this onesie garland with iron-on bow ties!

Flowers were adorned with paper bowties on sticks by Kilbi Branch Designs.

Kilbi also made this adorable "little man" banner and colorful bow.

My sister in law made these adorable napkin bowties with ribbon in the middle. 

The yummy cake was created by Koris Kakes - how adorable is it?

My favorite part were these adorable cookie favors from Edible Art. I loved the detail on the cookies!

I hope this little man shower added a little brightness to your Tuesday! Have a great one! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Cake (and more)

Happy 4th! (Well it's the 3rd today, but I feel like most people start saying Happy 4th! as soon as it hits July 1...) 

What are you doing or making for July 4th? I plan to eat a burger or hot dog of some sort, drink a refreshing beverage and wear red white and blue. It doesn't get any more American than that, does it?

Oh, and I'm also whipping up this:

Isn't it beautiful? It's a Striped Red Velvet Cake and you can find out how to make it HERE at Better Homes and Gardens. 

It looks more complicated than it is, you just make 2 Red Velvet layers and cut them in half. Then whip up some cream cheese frosting (OMG) and spread it between the layers. I love the unfinished look of the cake, it's simply gorgeous! 

Looking for something easier? How about my Red, White and Blue Mason Jar parfait desserts:

And if you need decorating inspiration for your Independence Day soiree, look no further than my Rust 4th of July styled shoot over on MomTrends! It's overflowing with patriotic flare and easy DIYs.

I hope your 4th of July is filled with food, friends and fireworks!