48 Hours in Asheville

This past November LAS and I took a weekend trip to Asheville and I feel like we made the most of our 48 hours. When I have free time or vacation time, I often get anxious trying to make perfect use of the time and worry that I'm wasting an opportunity. So I am proud to report that our trip to Asheville, while obviously not comprehensive, was pretty perfect for us.


Flew in to Greenville and stopped along the way to visit our cousin who is school near Greenville.
We settled in to our Air BnB which was AWESOME! It was located in West Asheville and so close to all we wanted to do. It was a basement walkout with the owners living upstairs. The space was perfect for two--a small living room, bathroom, and bedroom. You can rent it here. I cannot recommend this rental enough--they even had robes and a white noise machine, which we are so used to hearing on the kids' monitor, it felt like home.

We went downtown and did a little shopping including the Battery Park Book Exchange (hello used books and champagne!), Asheville Bee Charmer, and Malaprops Book Store.

In trying to find a dinner spot we accidentally ended up at the New Belgium Brewery--it was a delight and there was a Taco truck called Belly Up that made for a great, quick dinner. 


Though the Biltmore on Sunday was wonderful, we both agreed that Saturday's activities were tops. We started the day at Biscuithead for breakfast which was without a doubt, the best meal we had in Asheville. We waited in the cold for probably an hour and it was worth every chilly minute. We enjoyed a gravy flight, a ham and egg biscuit with a fried green tomato and more gravy for LAS, and a fried chicken biscuit with egg, slaw, and sweet potato jam for me. HEAVEN. 

We let it warm up a bit before heading to hike Catawba Falls--it was an easy hike with breathtaking scenery. Changing leaves and sweet creeks created the perfect Fall wonderland for these season-less Floridians. The Falls themselves were awesome and worth a look any time of year. 

Saturday wrapped up with dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe which was delicious. Grilled okra y'all. That's what you need to know. 


We started Sunday by checking out of our airBnB and high tailing it to Hole, a doughnut shop. The doughnuts were so good and different from your typical Dunkin, Krispy Kreme, local donut shop. They were so light and airy and they had a limited assortment of interesting flavors.

Then we went to the Biltmore and it was magnificent. I wanted to go to the Biltmore but LAS wasn't so sure until two sweet ladies in the line at Biscuithead convinced us that we had to go. We got the audio tour which really enhanced what we were seeing by providing some background information. The house and it's history reminded me of an American version of Downton Abbey. Decked out for Christmas, it was especially gorgeous.  I would love to go back in the spring or summer because we loved the gardens and it would be fun to see those in full bloom. If you're in the Asheville area I highly recommend a day at the Biltmore. There was a ton to do and after 5 or so hours we had to go catch our flight but we could have stayed and seen more. 

Things on the list for next time:

Sierra Nevada Brewery
Omni Grove Park Inn


Recent Reads

One of the things I love to do is read. I go through dry spells where I have nothing to read or don't have the time but when I get my hands on good books, I'm ravenous for them. My husband will routinely give me the side eye and be like "slow down, it's not going anywhere." He's the type of reader who remembers EVERYTHING he reads, which is great. I don't always, because I'm often catching a few minutes here and there and I'm a fast reader. But that's neither here nor there...

Now on to my recent reads.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

This is by it's own subtitle, "a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice," which could really go any which way given how beloved Austen's original is. I loved this book--the retelling of P&P is  modern but also very true to the original. You know who each character is (many of them share the same names) and I can visualize scenes from Pride and Prejudice as Sittenfeld retells them in modern day Cincinnati. I highly recommend it. Also, it's a quick read. I finished it within the week.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Ok, so I finally read this book after so. much. hype. I hate that, because I rarely feel like books live up to that hype and unfortunately I felt the same about this one. Don't get me wrong, I devoured it. Like read it in 3 days. The way it's written makes it quite the page turner and I genuinely cared about the fates of some of the characters but it was darker than I expected and when I was done I just wasn't as excited about it as everyone else seemed to be. I am wanting to read another of Moriarty's books to see how I feel about a different one. I know a lot of people have read all of her books--is there one you loved best?!

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella Macneal

This is the first in a series of mystery/spy novels set during WWII. I loved this book. Totally in my wheelhouse--mystery & historical fiction, winning x2. Maggie Hope is the main character (who presumably continues her adventures in the subsequent series' titles.) and she is an American raised, English born woman in her twenties living in London during the start of WWII. She ends up with a job in the Prime Minister's office and gets embroiled in some espionage. As a result in this book she makes a career shift to spy work. It was a great read--fast paced, again, likable characters, and a couple of good twists. I've already reserved the sequel, Princess Elizabeth's Spy at the library and plan to dive in soon.

If you love podcasts, like me, I highly recommend "What Should I Read Next." It's a podcast by Anne Bogel, blogger at Modern Mrs. Darcy. She interviews people and asks for 3 books they love, 1 book they hate, and what they've been reading lately. And then based on their answers she provides them with 3 recommendations. It's delightful to hear people talk about books and why they love them and I always pick up on a couple of titles I would not otherwise have heard of. I also think about what my answers would be if I were on the show...

Next up on my "to read" list...

Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria! by Julia Reed.

I can't say enough about how much I love Julia Reed--she is one of my most favorite authors and she is funny and Southern and brilliant and I want to be her when I grow up. Her memoirs/essays are always entertaining and remind me of what's best about my own Southern heritage.


Funny Bunny

We are loving this sweet, new Easter tradition at our house!  The Funny Bunny is a lot like your favorite Christmas elf who keeps an eye on behavior in preparation for the Easter Bunny's visit.

There's a great book that teaches the kiddos all about the Funny Bunny and his job and the bunny leaves little notes and surprises for your little ones. I love the idea of using the Funny Bunny to encourage good habits, gently remind them of things they should or shouldn't be doing, and incorporating scripture to keep the focus on the true meaning of Easter! So many great options for your family.

Today our Funny Bunny brought some confetti eggs and they were a hit to say to the least!


To get your own Funny Bunny, visit The Primrose Shop at 2804 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803 or call 407-447-4621


DIY: Gold treat jar

So we have dived into the world of pull-ups and m&ms over here...that's right, potty-training. #holdme

Also, do not be impressed by this. I don't want to do it. It's hard and it's sad and everything Sadie does these days makes me certain that training bras are around the corner. BUT, she is interested in the bathroom and likes telling us exactly when she goes and what she's done, so common sense would tell me this is our next right step. (Also can anyone chime in on whether or not to get the little kid potty vs using the adult version?)

So yesterday when I ventured to Target to buy said pull-ups and m&ms, I thought to myself, I will also buy a cute jar to put the m&ms in. Then as I tidied up the kitchen before heading out I realized we had an empty pickle jar and I thought, I can make a jar! And if you are (blessedly) not potty training, you can use this for candy, dog treats, etc. Happy DIY-ing.

Glue a ping pong ball or any fun item on top of the jar and remove the label from the jar (mr. clean magic eraser, works wonders!)

Spray paint the lid, what else? GOLD.

Add your special touch to the jar using an oil based paint pen. 


Custom Calligrapy: Amy's Evolving Closet

So excited to share with you a custom project I did for Amy's Evolving Closet.  Amy and I met at Lilly Pulitzer's birthday party several years ago and she reached out to me recently for a calligraphy inspired logo for her thrifting and consignment business.  Amy sources high quality secondhand clothing that she sells to personal clients and puts on her instagram account for her evening flash sales. Amy is a doll and one of my favorite things about her business (I'm definitely a customer), is that 100% of her profits go toward funding her family's adoption of their son from Burundi. (This was the inspiration for the africa outline in her logo.) Amy used her logo on her social media sites and got a stamp to use for stationery and packaging.

If you're interested in custom calligraphy, email me: betsy@heavenstobetsyblog.com


Sadie's 2nd Flamingle!

Someway, somehow, I am now the mother of a 2 year-old. For the love. She is so fiery and fun I can barely stand it!

We threw the pinkest, most flamingle-y party we could this past weekend and had tons of fun with SO very many of our favorites tucked into our not very large house. It was a hoot!

There were a few details that you can recreate...

Photo Booth

Cake Topper

Sadie's Skirt


Friday Favorite: Baltimore

So much love for this place and so excited to show my Mr. around for a few days...Charm City here we come! We plan on taking in some baseball, eating allll the seafood and enjoying snowballs every night. Should be a fun trip! (Be sure to follow along on instagram.)


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