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The Dirty Shirley

Posted by Courtney Frye on

Anyone else a fan of the Shirley Temple? The mocktail, specifically! I remember as a kid, on very special occasions, we would get to order a Shirley Temple and we felt so grown up! And while my hometown of Gastonia, NC has grown up a lot over the years, we had to drive to Charlotte for a nice restaurant when we were younger. I mean, we thought we were big stuff when Chili's came to town!  I remember this one Charlotte restaurant we would go to for birthdays or celebrations. I believe it was called Bobby McGee's. The wait staff acted...

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June Favorites: Courtney's Current Crush List

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This June edition of Courtney's Current Crust List is brought to you by all things summer, sand and surf!  We head to the beach in early July and Jamaica shortly there after, so naturally my mind is churning with things to pack and take.  I've rounded up some of my current faves below...   #1 Scout Bags - Large Package Gift Bag My friend, Kathryn, gifted me with a Scout bag for my birthday filled with some other goodies (also posted further down.) I've eyed Scout bags for a couple of years but had never purchased one. Naturally I was...

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So we're holding our first grader back. Now what?!?

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That's a loaded subject line and let me tell you, I've wrestled with whether or not to write this post and if so, how. But I know how gut-wrenching this parental feeling of failure felt and I've decided to share this most recent bump in the road with you in the event you, or someone you know, is going through this trench right now.  So let's rewind just a little with some facts: 1) Our oldest attends our base public school. Phillip and I come from public school educators and while Wake County Schools get mixed reviews from most, we've...

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My Top 7 Clean Beauty Faves

Posted by Courtney Frye on

I'm no beauty queen. As in I like to keep my morning routine quick and simple.                              Over the last two  years, I've worked to literally clean up my beauty routine with fewer items that include fewer chemicals.  I've gathered up my top 7 daily beauty products for you so in no particular order and without further ado... #1 Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner in Rose Petal I've been using this every morning for the past 6-8 months and I  love it! 1) Because I adore all...

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Bless Them IN The Mess

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​ The party was going great, until... the dog licked the cake!  Literally, licked the cake. Ok, let me rewind a few steps to set the stage.  My seven year old informed me last week that I was going to throw him an end-of-year surprise party. Wait, what?!? Isn't the whole point of a surprise party to be surprised! As in not plan it yourself? I brushed it off thinking it was just a fleeting thought and I'd be off the hook but he kept dropping not-so-subtle hints and I realized he was serious about this.  His invite list only included the...

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