Off we go for Labor Day weekend

Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Labor Day weekend, and for us that means four days off from our day to day life!
What are we going to do?
Travel of course!

We've got our passports in hand, and we're saying goodbye to Italy for the next couple of days.

Where are we going you ask?

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Have a great weekend!
It's time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!

Monaco: A place where owning a yacht is basically a requirement

Thursday, August 29, 2013

During our trip to the Cote d'Azur, the top place I wanted to visit was Monaco.
It was an easy train ride from Nice (read about our stay in Nice here) to Monaco.
The moment we stepped out of the train station one thing became abundantly clear:
Everyone takes their yacht to Monaco.

Silly us, we had forgotten ours at home.

The first place we headed to upon arrival was the Prince's Palace of Monaco.
This is said to be the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, although he is rarely there. 

I think that picture makes it pretty clear that I wasn't feeling too hot at the time.
I was about 5-6 weeks pregnant and that was right when my morning sickness started to kick in.

Down the road from the castle is the Saint Nicholas Cathedral which is where Grace Kelly was married.

Right next to the Cathedral is this really neat building which is actually the Courthouse.

After the Castle we headed towards the Monte Carlo Casino, which you can read about here.
We definitely left Monaco with one thing on our minds: 
We need a yacht asap.

Oh yea, and walking around in the heat and humidity while pregnant in your first trimester isn't the greatest combination. It's definitely the first thing I think of when I look back on this trip.

DIY Metallic Mason Jars

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I want to start of by saying that I am not exactly what you would call a "crafty" person.
I would love to be a mini Martha Stewart, but more often than not my projects don't quite turn out as I had imagined.

I've recently been working on re-doing our desk area, which is also in our soon to be nursery. 
Over the weekend we re-arranged some of the furniture, and I'm slowly starting to get things in order.
I knew I wanted a vase on the desk, and a Mason jar seemed like a perfect fit. 

Luckily, you can buy the equivalent of a Mason jar here in Italy. I was able to find some metallic silver spray paint on base, and that was everything I needed for this project.

All you have to do is spray the jar, making sure to stay at about a 10 inch distance. I waited about 20 minutes for it to dry, and voila!
That's all there is to it.

I now have a cute little vase for my desk.

Nursery Inspiration: Office/Nursery Combo

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back when the idea of having a baby was just that a thought, we always knew that if we added to our family while living in Italy that our current office would become the nursery. 

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the room, and we recently came to the decision to make it a combined nursery/office.
I took to Pinterest for a little inspiration on how to combine the two rooms.

Via 1/2/3

It seems as though the trick to combining these two rooms is to keep the areas separate.
The only piece of "office" furniture we will have is a desk, which means the rest of the room will be all nursery.
Right now I am in the process of cleaning everything out of the  current office, except for the desk and it's belongings. Some stuff has found a new home while other stuff has been boxed up to be stored.

Once the crib we ordered arrives, and we makeover what will become the changing table (more on that later), we will start the of task of arranging everything.

Is your nursery a combined space?
Do you have any combined spaces in your home?

Nice: our home base for the Cote d'Azur

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When planning a trip to the Cote d'Azur, you must first first decide which town to stay in.
We chose Nice, partly because of it's proximity to Monaco, and because it's one of the major towns in the area.

Upon arrival, Nice wasn't exactly what I had pictured in my mind.
The town is very crowded with cars, buildings, and people.
We were visiting in June, so I can only imagine what its like in July or August.
Hotel prices are outrageous, so we opted for an apartment on Airbnb. 
We stayed at the home of a retired man named Albert who was a wonderful host. 
He was able to give us lots of insight about the city and the travels we had planned.
It was late afternoon when we arrived, and after settling into our room we decided to see what the town had to offer.

We headed towards the main part of town, with the famous Promenade des Anglais in mind as our destination.

The Promenade was a bit smaller than I had imagined, although it is long.

We headed towards Castle Hill, but didn't walk up all the way.
It's a long ways up, and I was newly pregnant.
Lucky for me the morning sickness started kicking in the day before we were to leave for our trip.
It wasn't too terrible yet, but it made for a slightly difficult vacation for me.
Even though we didn't go all the way to the top of Castle Hill, the views were still spectacular. 

Nice was a great home base for exploring the south of France, but I'm sad to say that we didn't get to spend much time there.
Our trip was rather short, and we spent the majority of our time elsewhere. 

A new look and the Lilly Pulitzer sale

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pearls & Prosecco underwent a little makeover this past weekend, what do you think of the new look?

This blog is an expression of myself, and I always felt like the old layout wasn't very "me."
I've been blogging for quite a few years now, and both the title and look have changed a number of times. As a person I am constantly changing, so it only makes sense that I would change up my little space on the web as well. 

The Lilly Pulitzer sale began yesterday.
I, like many other women, look forward to the annual Endless Summer Sale every August.
And like every year, the site shut down as quickly as the sale began. I don't know how things are run over in the Pink Palace, but for some reason they are never able to solve this problem.
I'm a sucker for the sale though, and was still able to place a few orders over a span of about two and a half hours (I kid you not). Everything is up and running just dandy now though, so it seems as though they have resolved their issue. 
I hate paying full price for Lilly, so I usually stock up during the sale. This year was a little different. I didn't feel like buying a bunch of clothes that I can't fit into with my growing belly, so instead I focused on accessories. 
I'd say everything I scored will definitely add a little more color to my every day life.

Did you hit up the sale? 

14 Week Bumpdate

Sunday, August 18, 2013

How Far Along:
14 Weeks
Size of Baby:
A lemon
Total Weight Gain:
3-4 pounds
Stretch Marks:
Maternity Clothes:
Still making my regular clothes work!
I've had to get creative, but I like a challenge.
Still have a ways to go
More restless than usual due to the CRAZY dreams I've been having.
I'm constantly waking up super confused.
What I miss:
Deli sandwiches!
Screw you listeria!
Food Cravings:
None really this week.
Although, body has definitely been craving more protein lately.
Food Aversions:
Still not a fan of onions.
Seafood, which I usually love, hasn't been too appetizing lately.
Occasional headaches.
I feel like my brain has disappeared. I really wish it would return.
What I'm Looking Forward To:
Feeling Baby Cravinho move sometime next month!

I can finally feel the difference that everyone promised!
I've been feeling much better, and my energy is back to normal.
In the past week I feel like my bump has really started to show.
Almost every day Jacob tells me "you really look pregnant now."
Strangely enough I'm still fitting into my regular clothes, but my options are definitely narrowing.
I'm pretty sure that by the time the weather cools down I'll be in maternity clothes.

I'm also pretty sure I would lose my own head if it weren't attached to me.
My mind is usually pretty sharp, and I tend to do a good job of staying on top of things.
Not anymore. I can rarely remember what I'm doing, and am constantly forgetting things.
That kind of stuff is SO not like me.
Sometimes it's mind blowing how pregnancy effects every aspect of you.

I'm very excited to be in my second trimester, and can't wait for all of the wonderful things to come in the next couple of months!

My favorite pregnancy goodie so far

Friday, August 16, 2013

My mom is really great at buying presents.
She has a knack for knowing exactly what you need, whether you know it or not. 

Over a month ago she asked me if I had given any thought to pregnancy pillows/body pillows.

It was quite a coincidence because just that morning I had told my husband that I needed something of the sort.

Even though I wasn't far along, I was already getting uncomfortable while I slept. 
I'm typically a tummy sleeper, and my chest was so sore that this just wasn't possible anymore.

I was tossing and turning a lot lately, and totally unable to get comfortable. 

Cue my mother:
She tells me that she would like to buy one for me for my upcoming birthday.
She had been looking at different pillows on Amazon, and was going to ship one straight to me so that I wouldn't have to wait until my birthday.

Birthdays were pretty big deals in my house growing up, and you were NEVER allowed to open a present early.

I guess being pregnant and uncomfortable is an exception to that rule.

My Snoogle arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, and it is fabulous.

This pillow is insanely comfortable.

I've been sleeping much better, and now that I've had it for about a month I can't imagine life without it.

I would definitely recommend this pillow to any pregnant ladies out there, no matter how far along you are.

You shouldn't have to wait until you are at a certain point in your pregnancy for these types of things.
I used to think like that, but I don't anymore.
Comfort is comfort, whether you have a big belly or you are barely showing. 

*Image via Amazon

Gambling at the Monte Carlo

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I have never gambled in Vegas before.

But that's ok,

because I've gambled where the filthy rich come out to play.

The Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.

The casino doesn't open until late afternoon. 

It's easy to kill time if you get there a tad early though.

After all, there's lots of pictures to be taken.

We wandered around towards the back of the casino, just to check it all out.

Groups of people began to crowd the sidewalk out front, waiting to be allowed in.

Backpacks and large bags must be checked, but you need to have your passport on you in order to be allowed in. Of course cameras are not allowed.

Once your passport has been checked (and recorded in their records) you are allowed to enter the casino.

We quickly realized that the area we were entering was the part of the casino that they allow the tourists, the everyday people if you will, into.

It was still exciting none the less. 

You could see more of the casino if you wanted, for a price.

We gambled a litte.

When in Rome, right?

I decided to keep one of my chips rather than cashing it in.

This seemed like the sort of thing I would cross off my bucket list, if I had one.

I can only imagine the sort of people who frequent this place in the evenings. 

We are neither rich nor famous, and we are certainly not royalty, so we were perfectly content with just a sneak-peek into that world for an afternoon.

Celebrating 26 and 27 years

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Here's a fun fact you may not know about me:

My husband and I share the same birthday.

Jacob doesn't typically like to do much as far as celebrating goes, but I always encourage it.

I love birthdays.

This birthday extravaganza began on Saturday when we celebrated Jacob's birthday at Lake Barcis with friends.

Afterwards everyone came back to our house and grilled out.

Jacob blew out the candles on his carrot cake cupcakes, and then the boys enjoyed a few games of corn hole.

He had a great time, which means a successful birthday if you ask me!

The fun continued on Monday when Jacob cooked me a delicious dinner and brought me flowers.

On Tuesday, our actual birthday, we went out for lunch at a local Italian restaurant.

Afterwards I enjoyed my new Kate Spade watch, the perfect birthday gift.

Later that afternoon I indulged in some birthday cake and iced tea with one of my favorite guilty pleasures:

The Real Housewives of New Jersey/Orange County/Miami.

It's the simple things that really made my birthday fantastic this year.

I can't believe that next year we'll be celebrating with a little one!

Happy Birthday

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Today is my birthday.

Looking at my life,

I feel so incredibly grateful and blessed.

I can honestly say that at 26 years old

my life is exactly where I want it to be.

13 Week Bumpdate

Sunday, August 11, 2013

How Far Along:
13 Weeks
Size of Baby:
Total Weight Gain:
2 pounds
Stretch Marks:
Maternity Clothes:
Not yet
Having trouble falling back asleep when I wake up to use the bathroom.
Been going to bed super early lately, but haven't been napping.
What I miss:
Food Cravings:
Spoonful of peanut butter and a glass of milk
(I was never a milk drinker before)
Food Aversions:
Headaches, acne, mood swings.
Inability to remember anything.
What I'm Looking Forward To:
Still waiting to get all my energy back, but it's getting better.

So there's a good reason why I look so much farther along this week than I did last week...

My 12 week picture was actually taken at 11 weeks.

We were out taking other photos, so I just went a head and used one for my bumpdate.
I didn't think it would make much of a difference, but apparently a lot can change in 2 weeks!

I've gotten used to having a little tummy, and it doesn't really show in the majority of my clothes yet.
(I also haven't been wearing outfits that fit as tightly as this one for my bump pic!)

This past week I've had a lot of mood swings.
I've missed my mom a lot.
It's definitely tough to be so far away from family during such an important time.

I also feel like I have a bit more energy during the day, but by 8 at night I'm ready to go to sleep.

I don't have another Dr. appointment until 16 weeks, and I'm getting a little anxious because my last appointment was around 7/8 weeks.

I know the baby must be growing and doing well though, because I sure am growing!

Accademia del Buon Gusto aka Where I got Schooled in Vino

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Accademia del Buon Gusto is all the reason you need to visit Panzano, a small town in the Chianti region of Tuscany.

I found this little gem through TripAdvisor (seriously, how did people travel before this?), and I can honestly say it was the highlight of our entire trip. 

Stefano is the "teacher" and owner of this little shop, and he is one of the most delightfully passionate people you will ever meet. 

Panzano, Italy is a rather small town, and there isn't a whole lot to see. 

Our sole reason for the visit was the Accademia del Buon Gusto, and it was definitely well worth it. 

We weren't really sure what to expect, and when we came upon the shop Stefano was standing outside and kindly invited us in. 

Everywhere you look there is wine and artwork, as classical music fills the small shop. 

After we shared our interest in learning about wine, Stefano proceeded to fill us with knowledge, allowing us to taste as we went. He knew exactly what he was doing, having us try two very different wines to begin with in order to see what our personal taste was, so he could gage which direction to go in.

He explained the various blends of grapes in each wine as we tasted it, allowing us to figure out what our own preference is. 

I now know that I love a good Chianti Classico, and that the higher percentage of Sangiovese grapes the better.

Not only is Stefano a master in teaching about vino, but he also makes his own wine for fun.

The labels on the bottles are truly a work of art, and he passionately explained the meaning behind all of them.

I learned more about wine in our time at Accademia del Buon Gusto than in all the wineries I've visited combined. 

We also left with some of the best bottles of wine we'd ever had!

Stefano is extremely kind with wonderful philosophies on life, and after speaking with him you leave wanting to live your life a little more like he does. 

Accademia del Buon Gusto is located at 
Piazza Ricasoli, 11
Panzano, Greve in Chianit, Italy

If you are hungry afterwards (which we definitely were) right across the way is a delicious restaurant called Cantinetta Sassolini. 

I'm not usually a big risotto fan, but I can honestly say I had the best risotto of my life here: 
Yellow pumpkin risotto with sausage.

We shared the pork meat scallops with mushrooms as well, which was of course delicious.

If you ever find yourself in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Panzano is definitely a great place to visit to learn about some fabulous wine and enjoy some fantastic food!

Greek is Greek Link-Up!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

When Kristyn from Carolina Fireflies, one of my best friends and sorority sister, told me about her Greek is Greek link-up I started digging through Facebook for old pictures.

For a portion of my college career I was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at FSU.

It was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything, and when chatting about it with Kristyn the other night I told her I would probably make a better sorority sister now than I did when I was in college!

I joined Gamma Phi Beta my sophomore year, and was active all through my junior year.
Being in a sorority was a great experience for me, and if I have a little girl I hope she chooses to go Greek in college as well. 

Once senior year rolled around my life changed a bit, and the sorority was no longer at the top of my priority list.

What changed? 

Well, I started dating the man who would later become my husband.

We lived 3 hours apart, and it was too difficult for me to keep up my sorority obligations (Sunday night chapter meetings, social events, volunteering) as well as a long distance relationship.

I became inactive a couple of months into my senior year, which at the time was the best decision for me.

I've looked into becoming a Gamma Phi alum, and once we move back to the States hopefully I will be able to.

Were you Greek in college?
Join the link up!

Carolina Fireflies