Sunday, January 25, 2015

Something Borrowed

I love it when a vision comes to life. I had been daydreaming of my desk area in our master bedroom for quite some time. This is embarrassing to admit but this project is 2 years in the making.

It all started when my grandparents wedding gift was graciously passed down to me. They were given a beautiful, brass mirror that hung in their home for years. I knew it was special and wanted to put it into use in our own home. I painted the brass white and eventually got Jeremy to hang the mirror in the perfect spot.

The mirror looked great but sadly, it hung alone for a while. I searched for the perfect desk to pair it with and after a year, Sauder was my answer. I was a kid at Christmas when the parts arrived at our doorstep. My handyman husband had the desk built in one hour leaving me giddy with glee.

The fun part came next. I dug out a few of my wedding essentials; my shoes and flowers from my sash. I framed the delicate, white flowers on a burlap background and put my shoes on display, placing them in a glass jar. Now I am always reminded of the sweet messages that my mom, mother-in-law, aunt and bridesmaids wrote on the soles before walking down the aisle. I always wanted to display my shoes in a unique way and I was over the moon to finally do so.

A few vintage books and jewelry filled the remaining space as I did a happy dance around the house. I found the perfect chair at World Market for the finishing touch that brought everything together. I now sit at my desk, pretending to be a queen, happily reminded of my grandparents love, memories of my wedding and an organized space that warms my heart.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Fresh Start

A new year means fresh resolutions to conquer. I must say, I didn't do too bad on last years list. I was happy to set realistic goals for myself, only failing to reach but one resolution that I am ecstatic to say WILL happen this year. We've got a trip to Nashville already in the books :)

I'm keeping the list small again. It keeps me focused and to the point. 2015, let's do this.

I would like to give our upstairs loft some love this year. All it contains right now is Apollo's bed. Let's just say a makeover is way overdue. I would love to add a daybed, a wall featuring antique cameras and some curtains to make the room a little more cozy. With this possibility, we'll have more room for guests to stay.

This one is for both Jeremy and I. We're putting the television on mute and listening to vinyl records. Jeremy's collection started with 3 records but has already grown to 44 thanks to my parents. My parents had quite the collection of Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Grover Washington, Tina Turner and more. They were gracious enough to hand them down to us and we couldn't be happier. We would really like to add albums that have meaning to us. You KNOW Jason Mraz will be added to our collection and I'm pretty sure Jeremy wouldn't mind adding a few more Jay Z albums, Maroon 5 (Songs About Jane) and Gary Clark Jr.

A visit to Louisiana is a must this year. Jeremy and I would love to see Sairy and Julius in their new home of Baton Rouge. I'm sure they would give us a greater experience than the last time we were there in 2008 for the App vs. LSU football game.

A few trips to Goodwill are in order. We have been in our home for close to 4 years now and a few things have started to clutter up. It's time to dig out the old and replace with some new.

I've decided that our mail boxes shouldn't only overflow during the holidays. I've got enough friends spread across the country to send them a little love here and there. My goal is to send a little note at least once a month to a loved one. Get ready friends, you're about to get some happy mail!

5 goals. That'll do. I hope to reach each of them this year along with conquering and learning from any challenge that will be thrown my way. 2015, I'm ready for ya.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Uptown Funk

The new year started out pretty awesome with visits from friends that live hours away and family that we usually only see once a year during Thanksgiving.

Last weekend started with a New Year's dinner with my favorite ladies from Food Lion. We laughed over pasta and bread as they filled me in on all things gossip at the Lions Den.

The next day, one of Jeremy's oldest friends visited from Burlington as we nervously watched the Panthers play in the first playoff game of the season. The guys celebrated the win with a couple of high-fives but I celebrated by going out with my sister and Chelsea to watch my cousin play a gig uptown.

It was an epic night as we danced, sang and requested songs until the wee hours of the morning. It was the perfect way to celebrate a Panthers win.

The next day we drove around South Charlotte with Reuben and Jeremy's friends in town, searching for a breakfast place with a short enough wait to satisfy our appetite. Apparently, everyone and their mothers decided to eat at the same time we did. After what felt like hours searching (at least according to our rumbling stomachs) we settled at 'Another Broken Egg' and feasted on a delicious meal.

We certainly didn't want the weekend to end but I must say, if the rest of 2015 is anything like this weekend, then it's going to be a great year!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Looking Back: 2014

For the world, 2014 was the year of the selfie, iPhone 6, ebola and more. But for the Singletons, it was a simple year filled with love and happiness. Once again, we filled a mason jar full of "the little things" that happened throughout the year. On New Years Eve, we took turns reading each paper, bringing each memory to life, reminiscing on what we had accomplished throughout the year. With that, we bring you our top ten moments of 2014 in no particular order.

3, 2, 1...Action!
Thanks to our friend Theoden and the random emails for GOFOBO, we were able to see a crazy amount of free movies this year. From 'About Last Night', to 'Godzilla', to 'Let's Be Cops' and 'The Fault in Our Stars', these movies had us laughing, crying (okay maybe only Asha on this one) and on the edge of our seats. We loved seeing over 15 movies FOR FREE! That may be hard for 2015 to beat.

Stingray City
During our visit to the Grand Cayman islands, we decided to "live a little" and swim with some wild stingrays. Let's remind you that we imagined "swimming with stingrays" would feature the smaller size ones we saw at the Georgia Aquarium 4 years ago. The wild stingrays that we had the pleasure of meeting were at least DOUBLE the size, causing Asha to have a mild melt down in the rough, choppy waters. It was a terrifying experience but one that brings many laughs whenever we bring it up. It was definitely a memory for the books.

Ya Mon!
Jamaica has been on our bucket list for quite some time and we were excited to cross this destination off our list. We could not have had a better day touring the island while we ate at local restaurants, became Jamaican mixologists and learned some key Jamaican dance moves that had us fitting right in with the locals.

Hair Cut
After 10 years of growing out his hair, Jeremy cut his beautiful locks. This sudden move shocked a lot of people only because they have only known him with his long hair. Don't worry, we made sure this hair cut was after we paid a visit to Jamaica.

The Adventures of Charlie Brown
About halfway through the year, Asha happily accepted a graphic design job at MetLife. Her 3 hour round trip commute turned into a 30 minute round trip commute adding extra time for sleep and overall happiness. The shorter commute makes all the difference allowing her to spend more time with family and having occasional lunch dates with Jeremy.

2014 was the year of freelance video jobs for Jeremy. He worked hard during several weekends fitting in his love for recording video and piecing together awesome footage. He shot his first wedding of our friends Sairy and Julius, worked with small businesses throughout the Charlotte area along with producing videos for the YMCA when needed. Business cards will be making a debut in 2015.

Home Improvement
We were really able to focus on our home this year, making upgrades we've wanted to do for quite some time. We brightened up our home by changing the wall color from a dark brown to a light neutral tone. Jeremy was a furniture-building, picture-hanging handyman as he kindly built and hung anything Asha desired. We have only begun in turning our house into a home and hope that 2015 brings even more updates.

Burger Tour
Over the summer, we ate our little hearts out (and a ton of beef) as we visited Charlotte's most talked about burger joints.

Both the Bobcats and the Panthers made the playoffs in 2014. This always makes for a happy Jeremy. We also welcomed our beloved Hornets back to Charlotte. It feels good to have the buzz back in the city.

Online shopping
The online shopping bug hit Asha and Jeremy hard this year. With the easy access of apps on our phones, we had boxes being delivered to our door on what seemed like a regular basis. Wayfair, Amazon, Jack Threads and Jane have been popular ordering sites in the Singleton household.

If we could give 2014 a name for us, we would call it Most Improved. We were able to focus on our home, improve on our jobs and most important, love one another. We can't wait to see what 2015 brings! Happy New Year, folks!