Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cherryfield Manor


I have a delightful review to share with you today. On our recent trip to North Carolina we were able to stay in the lovely Cherryfield Manor in Brevard. I found the property on tripadvisor.com and the owners gave me a discount in exchange for this review. From the very beginning of my contact with the owners, Troy and Louise, I have had a wonderful experience. 

Driving up to this property was an adventure in itself. You can hardly tell it's a driveway and it runs right beside a line of trees and then ends with trees on both sides. The driveway circles the house, which is a neat feature. It was really like a cottage in the woods with complete privacy. My kids especially loved the forest and the meadow. We were visiting family, so we weren't home enough to spend hours and hours on the property, but they did a little exploring (of course!) and found the apple orchard and the creek. If we had not had so many plans already, we would have had plenty to explore outside. 



This home was built in 1946 and purchased by the current owners in 2005. The house was built to high-quality standards: stone exterior, poured concrete foundation, all plaster walls, all hardwood floors, no carpet, with fairly new high-definition roof with warranty remaining, new Trane dual-system heating and air conditioning, new kitchen counter-tops, some new appliances, etc. There is an old barn on the property, a covered picnic shelter (as shown above), a large apple orchard, several black walnut trees and heavily-wooded hardwood forest. There are four bedrooms and it sleeps eight. It is very private and peaceful.

I have stayed in multiple rental properties, and I have to say that this one had some nice surprises. In addition to it being a fun, older home (see the video below for more of the unique history) and having plenty of room for the seven of us to spread out and enjoy, it also came with coffee in the cupboard and laundry soap in the basement! Normally when I have stayed in other rental houses, I have to bring all my own groceries, including coffee and laundry soap. The fact that there were already coffee filters and coffee was a huge plus. The laundry machines were located in the very clean basement and again, it was just such a surprise to find soap and dryer sheets already there for guest use. Thank you, Troy and Louise, for your attention to the small but meaningful details.

The only downside to staying here is no Wifi. That is clearly stated on the tripadvisor.com page, so it was not a surprise to me. I just mention it because it would not be convenient if you plan to take your laptop and get a little work done while on your holiday. I had not taken our laptop, so it was not a big issue for me. Yay for work-free holidays! 

By the way, Troy and Louise live right next door (although you cannot see their house from this one), and they are wonderful! It was a pleasure to be able to meet them in person, and they were willing to do anything we needed during our stay. 

To book this property: Cherryfield Manor

This property is also for sale, so if you're in the market for some prime real estate in the mountains of North Carolina, check out the realtor's video below:



Blessings and love. xo

Disclaimer: I received a discounted rate in exchange for this review. I did not receive any additional compensation. All opinions are my very own. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I Wore


So, as promised a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd share some of my favourites and not-so-favourite fashion trends.

Chevron? Not so much. I think the only thing I own that is chevron pattern is one journal. Not one stitch of clothing, although I have seen a cute top or two lately that I wouldn't mind having in my wardrobe.

I cannot find the one I own online, but here are some other cute options:


Bangle or multiple bracelets? Yes. I love the layered look. There are so many to choose from these days.



High-Low? No. Not really for me. My girls don't even really like this look too much. I did just get one top that is slightly longer in the back, but that is my one exception.

These are a similar style to mine: 

From tjmaxx.com:



From zulily.com:



Animal print. This is one that has been surprising to me, as I have changed my opinion in the last few years. I LOVE this look, especially a leopard print, in particular. Shoes, purses, scarves, tops, I think they're all great.

These are both on zulily.com right now:

 These are on target.com:

And this is on amazon.com: 





What about you? What are your thoughts on palazzo pants?! What are trends you adore?  And what are some you just do not care for? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Share in the comments below.

Blessings and love. xo

Linking up: The Pleated Poppy. Pop over to find more outfit inspiration.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Prayers for us in this transition


Good morning,

I wanted to share this letter that Bob recently sent out to all of our prayer and financial supporters regarding what is going on with us. Some of you are already aware of this and have responded with such kindness and love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We couldn't have made it through these last two and a half years without your generosity. 



Hi Friends,

I want to thank you for your financial support and prayers over the past 3 years as our family took a journey of faith to come back to America to help prepare our country for awakening and revival.  We are grateful to our American and Canadian friends during this time.

I want to let you know that I will be leaving Intercessors for America at the end of July.  I have realized that it is not the right fit for me moving forward.  The bottom line is that it is just not working, and we are honestly burned out as a family. 
I am currently working a part-time job and looking for another, while working on a career change for the long haul.

I am volunteering on staff at a church here in the Northern Virginia area.  For those who are interested in continuing ministry support, please let me know.  I am working with our sponsoring church, Ridgecrest Baptist in Greenville, Texas, to best facilitate this accordingly.

We appreciate your friendship, thoughts and prayers during this perplexing and challenging time.

Bob Royce

bob.royce7@gmail.com



We would appreciate your prayers as we continue to seek the Father for His next step for us. So far it's a blank slate, and we are eager for Him to start writing again. Thank you!

Blessings and love. xo

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan {28 July}



Hello, friends! Sorry I have been missing in action. I'll be back soon with what all has been going on. I am not feeling too great tonight and have so much to catch up on, so I'm going to get right to this week menu plan. Hope all is well for you!


Monday - Taco Salad

Tuesday - Sausage in a blanket, fruit salad

Wednesday - Erin's Slow Cooker Beef Roast - I love a good roast, but I've never used apples in cooking my roast. Reading this recipe makes my mouth water, so I cannot wait to try it!

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Who knows?!

Saturday - Snack-y supper

Sunday - Burgers and Simple Chickpea Salad


Blessings and love. xo

Monday, July 21, 2014

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