Live Floral Table Runner + Holiday Tablescape

I know Thanksgiving has passed and we are well on our way to Christmas, but we wanted to share this tablescape with you. Every now and then we will have an idea beforehand what we want to do on  our table for a party. But for this Thanksgiving we totally didn't know what to do. We had our new Hearth & Hand plates and knew we wanted to use those. When Casey went to buy flowers, all she could find were bright and colorful flowers. We were trying to get something with a neutral fall color vibe, but it wasn't working out that way.
Casey decided to get the colorful flowers. My first thought was something Rifle paper-esque. Then Casey said something about using a black table runner and it all clicked. We decided to completely cover the table with some black butcher paper that we already had. We couldn't decide if we wanted to cut the stems off of the flowers and make a pattern out of them or create a sort of table runner, but in the end we did the table runner. We really wanted to be able to put the flowers in a vase afterward and not just throw them away. Laying the flowers out was a process, but the result was magical!
We used these two World Market jars to create very short bouquets to put in the center of the table. We wanted to have a little height, but for all the flowers to flow together. Since we didn't have a big arrangement like usual, we used 5 candle sticks to create some upward interest. Plus lighting the candles gave the greatest ambiance.
We had a few Halloween pumpkins left over so we added them into the flower space to make it seasonally appropriate. You could definitely just leave these out for any other occasion.
Items in the tablescape:
I think this same arrangement would be great with some live pine greenery for a Christmas tablescape. Or you could only do flowers for basically anything.

Thank you so much for reading!

xo, Savannah

Girls Night Out: Grand Ole Opry and Cafe Lula

*This is a sponsored post, but as always our opinions and experiences are our own!

Casey and I love a good girl's night out, but don't do it as often as we should. Every now and then we will have friends over for some wine or games (or both), but it is nice to dress up and head out on the town. So last week Casey and I headed to dinner at Cafe Lula and The Opry at the Ryman.

If you live in Nashville, or anywhere really, I'm sure you've heard of The Opry and some of it's history. A while ago Casey and I actually got the chance to take a tour of the Ryman, which is where the Opry was from 1943-1974. We loved learning about the culture, the history and all the legends who have been apart of the show. Every winter the show comes back to the Ryman, so that's where we saw the show this time. 
If you haven't been to the Ryman recently, you may not know that they opened an attached restaurant called Cafe Lula. We grabbed a bite before the show, and I say grab because they were so fast! Three of us ate and one of us had hot chocolate. Between the three of us we ordered a Nashville Hot House Salad, Pork Tenderloin, and Lula's Rotisserie Prime Rib. All of our dishes were amazing and I'm not just saying that! Casey had the rotisserie potatoes as a side and they were melt in your mouth good. I always love trying different versions of Nashville Hot Chicken which is why I got the salad. Next time I plan on trying to Nashville Hot Rotisserie Chicken- yum! If you get a chance to eat here, I highly recommend it. Even if you are just hanging out downtown. The ambiance is lovely and the space is well designed. I will add that if you are attending the Opry show, give yourself adequate time to eat. The place is really popular right before showtime.
Even though we didn't know many of the people performing, we were very excited for the show. There is something nostalgic about it even if you've never been. It takes you back to another time when you sit and hear great musicians (seriously, they are all amazing) and hear LIVE commercials and interact with the performers. I ended up hearing songs that I hadn't heard in years, but had loved at one time. I think Casey and I both walked away with a new appreciation for country music and all it's history and ties to Nashville, our beloved city.
My favorite part of the show was when these guys played a song called "The Note". They announced their song title and then proceeded to play one note. Literally.
The night that we went, there were two shows. We went to the early show so we could make sure we'd well awake for the fun. But if you are a late night person, the late show would be perfect for you! We snapped this photo as they were pushing us out so you night owls could come in.
If you are looking for something fun and local to do with your girlfriends, definitely consider the Grand Ole Opry! If you happen to go when it's at the Ryman, make sure you grab a bite at Cafe Lula beforehand and then you can pop into Robert's (our favorite downtown honky tonk) afterward. You can see a list of upcoming shows here.

xo, Savannah

10 Tips on Instagram Etiquette

Instagram is necessary for many people, brands, and businesses, but can be frustrating at times. We've been trying to crack the Instagram code for 5 years now and I can safely say we still haven't figured it all out. But while we are all working on our IG game, we need to remember to be kind and truthful. So to help us all out, we wrote this post abot Instagram etiquette. If there is one thing we've learned over the years, it's that there are some basic things everyone should keep in mind while operating their Instagram account. So let's get started!.

10 Tips on Instagram Etiquette

1. Ask permission. We have events at our house, and people love to take pictures of our house. We don't mind, and asking permission to take pictures of our house isn't necessary. But everyone may not feel the same way we do. It never hurts to ask.

2. Tag appropriately. Let's face it- we all want to gain followers on Instagram. If you are putting a picture on your Instagram and it involves anyone else, then tag them. If you are taking a picture in front of someone's well styled mantle at their house, tag them. It's their creation, not yours. In my opinion, you should mention a person in the caption but at the very least tag them in the picture for heaven's sake. BUT FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, if you are posting a picture that someone else took, in the caption you should write "photo by so-and-so". You didn't take the picture. Be honest about it. Because when you don't do this, people assume you've taken the photo. Ask them what to tag. If they are like us, they have a zillion IG accounts. Find out which one they want you to use. This is all just good insta karma.

3. If you don't know the source of picture, don't post it. I hate to see when people post that the source is unknown. Or they'll source tumblr. That is someone's work, and you aren't giving them credit. The fact that picture has an unknown source is not your fault. But somewhere along the way someone else reposted this picture without giving proper credit and other people kept doing it. Stop the cycle. There are plenty of beautiful photographs you can repost that have a known source. Don't perpetuate the cycle.

4. Don't follow a bunch of people and then unfollow them if they don't follow you back. I hate this. I also hate when someone likes 809 of our pictures and then follows us, or even crazier- doesn't even follow us. I am not interested in your games. Follow me if you like my account, period. We have started blocking people when we see it happening. You just want me to follow you and it ain't gonna happen, so let's just cut the middle part out and move on.

5. Don't buy your followers. I shouldn't have to say this, but don't. Don't buy your likes or comments either. This may work for you for a while, but brands are figuring you out. Also, it's lying. If you are doing this to get stuff from brands, well then you suck. That's harsh, but we were on the receiving end of that when we had the clothing brand. We once had an influencer who has 60,000 followers post a pic of our kimono and we gained zero followers from it. Zero. That's a dead giveaway that your followers are fake.

6. Be kind with your polls. Okay this is a new feature on Instagram stories and we are all still figuring it out. We love this feature because when used correctly. It can be really fun for you and your followers to interact. Make sure you are framing your questions and answers in a way that doesn't make you or your followers look negative. If you ask your followers if they like seeing you post about your laundry, yes or no, and you fully intend on still posting about your laundry, maybe just don't ask that. Because if one of your followers likes following you, but doesn't particularly like seeing you do your laundry, you've just put them in a weird predicament. If you really really want to ask this question, maybe choose better answer choices like "yes" or "more home photos!" That way when someone decides that they don't actually like seeing you do your laundry, they can choose an answer that is still positive. People like being mean, so don't give them a chance to. Which brings us to part 2- Don't call out the people who voted in a way you didn't like. Don't tell people that you can see who voted and your are blocking all of them. If you are asking a question, people assume you want an honest answer. As they should. Also, maybe only ask questions you are prepared to handle the answers to. For example, I would never post on a poll- who do you like better, Casey or Savannah. We don't need to know that. When you are asking your followers questions, make questions that are useful. 

7. Comment on people's pictures with relevant or actually meaningful comments. "Nice pic" is lame. Most of the time when someone leaves a comment like this, they are botting. Not interested!

8. Forget comment pods. We don't love these. We were in one for a week to see what it was all about. First, we didn't notice that being in a pod helped anything. Second, being in a pod felt icky. At the end of the day the engagement you have isn't real. I know people are doing it to trick the algorithm, but Instagram algorithms are smarter than us. Also, it's not fair to brands. Maybe you don't feel sorry for giant brands, but there are lot of little brands that look at engagement rates. When we made clothes, these pods made it hard to tell what was real and what was fake. For tiny little brands like we were, making yourself look bigger and better than you are is not nice and can really bite you in the butt in the end.

9. Don't post photos back to back to back. People don't do this for the most part, but I'm pretty certain no one wants you clogging up their feed with 8 different angles of you and your dog sitting in the grass. Use the multiple photo in one post feature if you really need to post all of those. My personal least favorite is when someone uses the IG grid to create a way larger photo. Looks cool on your profile, but irritates your followers as you are putting them up. And now with photos from day before showing up on your feed, things just get really weird with those. Why is this really grainy photo of a toe on my feed? Ohhh.... Two pictures a day is our personal max, but we don't even do that often. 

10. Before you ask a question- do your research. People will DM us and ask what our email is. There is a place on our profile where you can click on "email" and it will start writing an email. Or they will ask a question when the answer is in the caption. Sheesh. This is more than an Instagram tip, really. This is a life tip. Asking questions is almost never a bad thing- unless you are asking a question (that has already been answered) because you are too lazy. 

All in all, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a pretty good rule of thumb here. Don't suck. Don't lie. Don't cheat. Give credit where credit is due. Be self-aware. These are all good life rules and they apply to Instagram too.

peace, Casey

How To Create A Boho Christmas Scene

Okay, guys. We are so excited to share our Christmas fireplace with y'all! We spent a good amount of time finding the perfect pieces to go together and to find the vibe we were going for. My brother and grandma were also in town while we were doing this, so props to them for their help and patience. We may or may not have gone to 6 different stores through it all. It all started with the idea that we wanted a lot of lights and garlands draped. The next inspiration came from two stockings we saw at World Market. One of them we bought and one of them we decided to recreate with things we already had at home. (That tutorial will be coming soon.) If you are a crafter, you will understand this.
Our fireplace works, but we don't usually use it for real fires. We decided to wrap the wood with copper lights so we still get the fire effect, without all the mess. Side note-I LOVE fires in the fireplace, they are just a lot of work and get messy fast. 

This scene is a little different from our usual decor as you can buy most of these things in store today. Usually we have more thrifted and DIYed pieces. I will say that when you buy new stuff, the process is a lot faster, but WAY more expensive. We did add two of our own projects. One you can see here and one we will be doing soon.

So here are the thing you will need to recreate this fireplace scene. I'm just going to link everything that we used below! Some things we had from last year, so I'll be linking to things very similar.

6. Colorful Pom Pom Stocking (DIY to come)
14. Mini Fur Stockings (The tiny ones came from the Target $1 section.)
If you like this post, please share it on Pinterest and Facebook! We are so thankful that you choose to read our blog, and we hope you stick around for more Christmas goodness coming soon.

xo, Savannah

DIY: Fa La Freakin' La Christmas Print

You may not know this already, but Casey is a song-maker-upper. A silly song-maker-upper, that is. She's that person that puts your name in every song, even when there isn't a name already in the song to substitute. She also remixes them. Anyway, last year she sang a remix of "Deck The Halls" and now we are doing a tutorial on a 'Fa La Freakin' La' print. OH, life.
CLICK HERE to see how we put this Christmas scene together :) 

So let's just get started! This project is easy and quick, but you can personalize it however you want. You really only need to assemble a few things!

You will need:
- A piece of card stock
- A gold marker
- Gold letter stickers
- A wooden frame

So here's what you do:
1. Trace the paper that comes in your frame onto a new piece of card stock and then cut it out.
2. Cut out the sticker letters you need and organize them on your card stock, but don't stick them on yet.
3. Write the word 'freakin'' on the card stock.
4. Put all your stickers on the card stock.
5. Put your new art in the frame and hang it up somewhere!

We are going to be sharing a tutorial with y'all about the colorful stocking, but here is what our fireplace is looking like theses days.
If you are looking for an easy DIY this season, try this one out! It's easy to customize however you'd like, and could work for any occasion. Are there any DIYs you'd love to see on our blog? Let us know in the comments!

xo, Savannah

7 Best Tips to Help Your Plants Thrive + Keep You Sane

At our house, McGavock Manor, we have over 50 houseplants, and a zillion more outside. People always ask us how we manage to take care of that many plants. So today I'm going to give you insight on how to keep your indoor plants alive and thriving.

1. The most important tip for keeping your plants alive is to buy the right plants. Look at my guide here on what plants are truly low maintenance plants. If you are new to keeping houseplants alive, buying low maintenance plants is crucial. You may have always dreamed of owning a fiddle leaf fig or fern, but don't even think about it. Build your way up to those finicky plants.

2. Directly related to the tip above, be aware of the lighting that your house has. Pay attention to the rooms that get a lot of light and the ones that don't. Don't buy a plant that prefers low light conditions and stick in the window. I generally don't like plants that want medium light. In my opinion, those seem to be more high maintenance. In my house there is either a lot of light or no light. What the heck is medium light? That is too fussy to me.

3. Get on a schedule or don't. But if you don't, make sure you pay attention. A lot of people like to water on certain days. This way they don't forget to water their plants. I used to do that but I could never stick to a schedule. Now, I pay attention to the soil and what the plants look like.

4. Put your plants in places where you will see them regularly. This may seem weird or obvious, but don't put plants in your guest room that you never use. You'll forget about it and it will die. We used to have several plants upstairs in our Airbnb but most of them died because I didn't see them daily so I forgot about them.

5. Fertilize your plants. Listen, I don't do this and my plants have been fine, but I need to. I think this is why some of my older plants are alive but not thriving. You fertilize in the Spring and Summer and not when they are going into hibernation.

6. Rotate your plants. You can do this every time you water them. Turn them a little one way and keep rotating them more in the same direction every time you water. The idea is to expose the entire plant to light more evenly. If you've ever noticed one of your plants dying on one side and looking amazing on the other, this will help with that problem!

7. Use pots with drain holes. Proper drainage is crucial for your plants health. Most plants don't like soggy roots. Also, don't forget to buy the saucer that fits under your pot to catch the water that drains. I forget this tip all the time and then I'm crying every time I have to mop up all that water that pours out. Okay, maybe not real crying. But recently I bought saucers for every plant in the house and now watering is relatively drama free.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list and there are people who know a lot more about plants than I do that have a lot more to say. These are just the tips that have helped me take care of our ever growing plant collection. Do you have any plant tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments. We are certainly never above learning!
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peace, Casey

A Day With Lowe's At The UpSkill Project

This is a sponsored post by Lowes but as always- all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Lowe's invited us to document a project called The UpSkill Project and as soon as we heard what it was we were on board. Basically, The UpSkill Project is an initiative to help customers learn right in their homes the DIY skills that will bring their home improvement projects to life. The project has two components: a contest and a community day.

To enter the contest you had to submit a video telling Lowe's about the projects you needed help with. The winners received the help of employees from their local Lowe's store for 2 days to finish these projects, $2000 to purchase the materials, and professional design consultation. They chose 5 winners in the Nashville area, and Savannah and I got to follow one of the winners through their kitchen renovation.
Meet Jose and Myra Frias! Jose and Myra have been wanting to renovate their kitchen since they purchased their house 2 years ago.
This was the sink faucet situation they were dealing with, so I'd say that The UpSkill Project came just in time!

What really impressed me about our time with Lowes and the Frias family was that the employees from Lowe's actually taught the Frias' how to do the things they needed help with. By the end of it, Myra was teaching a friend how to install the backsplash tile. Jose finally got a kitchen faucet that worked, and they both got kitchen lighting that was desperately needed.

We weren't really sure what to expect. I kind of expected that the Lowe's team would just take over so they could finish more quickly and get out of there. Instead, they really walked through each step with the family. Also, the employees that came to help out, work at the Lowe's store closest to the Frias'. So in the future as they tackle other projects, they will be able to go to their local Lowe's and know the people who can help them- because they've literally worked on projects together. How cool is that?
The other component of The UpSkill Project is the community day where Lowe's will be teaching different skills at one of their stores. If you are in Nashville on November 18th, Lowe's is having one of their community days where they will teach you:

- Tiling: Get your hands dirty and learn the proper techniques for laying and grouting tile (application techniques include floor and backsplash)
- Plumbing: Learn proper plumbing techniques specific to installing a faucet into a vanity
- Tool Demo: Receive expert advice on the safe operation, features and use of a compound miter saw, tile wet saw and oscillating tool
- Upcycling: Learn proper prep and painting techniques for refreshing an outdated piece of furniture, cabinet or dresser. Bring in your own dresser drawer or cabinet door to start your project off right
- Drywall: Learn how to properly patch drywall and hang common household d├ęcor items

If you have a project you want to finally finish, I encourage you to stop by. We will be there learning with you! Learning from someone in person is so much easier than watching a tutorial on YouTube. Plus, you have someone there so you can ask lots of questions.

Okay, so let's scroll through some before and after photos!

They also installed some under cabinet lighting that changes colors to music. Something that is perfect for this self-proclaimed "party house".

Savannah and I are obviously really into DIY projects, and we share our DIYs with you because we want YOU to feel empowered. We want you to know that if we can do something, then you can too. We have figured out how to do things from other blogs and YouTube channels and asking for help from stores like Lowe's. What is really cool about The UpSkill Project is that it teaches you how to do things that aren't too advanced, but also beyond what the average person could do on their own.

We are really impressed with The UpSkill Project as its mission is much like ours. We both want to encourage you to do for yourself. With a little help, you can DIY almost anything!

Nashville peeps! Join us this Saturday at Lowe's for The UpSkill Workshop!

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Lowe's- 410 Genie Ln.
Smyrna, TN 37167

xo, Casey and Savannah

The Most Delicious Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk

Last night we had some friends over and as the night got later, Casey decided she wanted to make some Golden Milk. It's a cozy non-caffeinated drink and it was pretty cold out- a perfect match for the evening! She made enough for everyone and soon had them asking for the recipe. So that's why I'm finally writing this post that we took photos for over 2 months ago. Time really gets away from me!

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We originally made a big batch of golden milk mix for our Girl Boss party, and we had a lot left over. Our recipe was inspired by Tropically Lina's recipe. We personalized the recipe a bit, but the most important thing that comes from her recipe, that is SO important, is the coconut milk powder. We had never used this in our Golden Milk recipes before nor had we ever heard of it. It really is a game changer, y'all. Don't skip on this part if possible.
Now if you buy all of these ingredients, you might as well just make a big 30 day batch because you're going to end up with a lot of stuff. They don't sell coconut milk powder in a one-serving bag. We wanted to make this with all good organic ingredients, so we bought everything on Amazon and ended up with a 5 lb. bag of turmeric. *woops!* We hope to make enough golden milk to use it all up, but we are going to need to share and drink a lot!
Okay a few notes about the recipe... We add 1 packet of Truvia per serving when actually making the milk. We also add coconut sugar to the batch mix. I'm not sure if you've ever tried something sweetened with sugar and something sweetened with Truvia, but they taste very different. Sweetening it with a little coconut sugar at first and finishing with Truvia gives you the perfect sweetness without tasting fake. You can use whatever sweetener you like. If you like plain Stevia, do it. Like straight up sugar? Go for it! I'm not here to judge. Truvia is just our tried and true sweetener at the moment.
Okay, back to the coconut milk powder for a moment. If you want to make this right now and you don't randomly have coconut milk powder on hand, just make it without! It will still taste creamy and delicious. But definitely get you some CMP and try it. Next level. Just sayin'.
Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Recipe (One Serving)

- 1 Cup Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 Tbs Coconut Milk Powder
- 1 Tbs Coconut Sugar
- 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
- 1/8 tsp. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- a drop of vanilla
- 1 Stevia Packet

1. Warm 1 cup of almond milk on the stove or in the microwave.
2. Add warm milk and all other ingredients into a blender.
3. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
4. Pour and drink!

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Recipe (Big Batch- 30+ servings)

- 2 Cups Coconut Milk Powder
- 1 Cup Coconut Sugar
- 1/2 cup Turmeric Powder
- 1/8 Cup Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/8 Cup Cinnamon Powder
- 2 tsp. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Powder

1. Mix powdered ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
2. When ready to drink, add 1 Tbs. of mix to blender with 1 cup warmed almond milk and any extra desired sweetener (we use 1 packet Truvia).
3. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
4. Pour and drink!
Okay enough about golden milk. It's good for you and is a great bedtime drink, so just do it.
And if you liked this post, please share it on your Pinterest!

xo, Savannah

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