Clothes for the Caribbean

We're just a little over a month away before our next Caribbean vacation, and I can't wait. I love traveling with my husband and getting away from it all. We have a lot of fun things planned...more snorkeling, a session with a photographer in Mexico, and a lot of sleep and sun.

Palm prints are at peak popularity {love some alliteration!} and a Caribbean cruise is the perfect excuse to break it all out. I've rounded up tons of great summer vacation pieces for any tropical location, and most are $20 or less! Shop the photo below, or visit my LikeToKnow.IT profile!

HelloFresh Review

It's Tuesday, so that means when I get home in the evening I'll have a bright green box waiting for me on my doorstep. What's that, you ask? HelloFresh! We signed up for HelloFresh just after the first of the year, and have been receiving it on a pretty regular basis since. We're signed up for the three meal/two person weekly plan, and I've scheduled our deliveries for Tuesdays. One of my favorite things about HF is that you can skip weeks! Sometimes I know we are going to be too busy to cook three {or any meals if I'm honest} during the week, so we just skip the delivery. There's no fee to skip which is another perk.

Before signing up, I didn't really understand how it worked so I wanted to give you a good run down in case you're interested. Basically, you can sign up at any time, but I recommend finding a good sale or code to get started. We used a "$20 off each box for four boxes" code which was really nice. Once you sign up and select a plan {how many meals you want a week + how many people, two or four} you can then choose your meals. There's about 16 different meals to choose from that change weekly. It took about six weeks of deliveries for us to see a repeated meal offered, but you can always choose different ones or go back to one you tried and loved!

There are a few different types of meals: Hall of Fame, Calorie Smart, Gourmet {extra fee of $5.99+ per person} or Dinner2Lunch {basically makes two meals at once, extra fee of $5.99 per person}. We've tried a couple Gourmet meals but didn't really feel they were worth the extra fee. We tend to try a lot of Latin and Asian influenced dishes, and we're both pretty meat-centric, so I often choose hearty meals with steak and pork chops over pasta dishes or the vegetarian options.

The box is delivered weekly with all the fresh ingredients you need for the meals besides the basics like butter, S&P, and olive oil. Each meal comes with a full color, step-by-step instructional sheet that I keep with my other recipes to reference if I wanted to recreate a meal on my own. They usually take about 30-40 minutes to create, and almost always include scallions which we often laugh about.

Our plan {3 meals/2 people/weekly} runs about $60 a box, which may seem expensive at first, but I honestly feel like we get a much better value for our money doing this. We always eat all of the meals, which isn't necessarily the case if I got to the store and buy a lot of food. It takes the thinking out of meal time which to be honest, is huge for me as I get uninspired quickly and am not interested in creating something new at the end of the day. It also takes out the grocery trip, which is another thing I really love. I've become a Click List user at my grocery store and really avoid going in anytime I can. I don't really enjoy grocery shopping so between HF and Click List, I feel like I'm living my best life!

HelloFresh does not offer carb-conscious meals specifically, but I try to cut carbs where I can. If it's a Mexican meal, I'll swap the included tortilla for one of my low carb ones from the grocery store. Or I'll give CJM more of the rice/potato/etc. and less for me. It's really taught me a lot about cooking {like how long to grill a steak, and how to make a lot of sauces} that I really didn't know, which is an added bonus.

Have you tried HelloFresh or any other meal delivery service? L
et me know what you think!

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Trends for Spring: Unique Wood Watches by Jord + GIVEAWAY!

Hey guys! It’s been a while here at the blog {always posting over at @piperellice on Instagram though!}, but I’ve got a long list of things to share with you here and I wanted to kick it all off with an awesome collab + giveaway for you!

I’ve long admired Jord Wood Watches and their commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and bloggers! You may have seen other blogs featuring a variety of their stunning styles, and that’s because they believe in the community that is the blog/social media world which I love. So when they reached out to me I was both honored and excited

When I first saw these wood watches a couple of years ago, I initially thought they would be a great fit for my wood-working husband. I’m now able to say I think they’re great for the ladies too. From the beautiful packaging, to the variety of face and wood colors that can be customized with mixing and matching, there is a style for every taste. I absolutely loved how smooth the wood felt {doesn’t feel at all like what you’d think a wooden band would} and it is a whole lot lighter than the metal watch I normally wear. Plus, it fit perfectly thanks to their super easy to follow fitting guide.

The neutral wooden design of my Frankie Zebrawood & Champagne watch is perfect for day-to-day wear. It’s going to become my new go-to for the office and casual weekend wear. I love how it looks against the dark denim, and is such a unique piece that really grabs the eye. I like a large watch face, and this one is a great size that doesn’t interfere when I bend my hand but is really easy to read at a glance. This style watch comes in couple other wood colors and some additional face colors like navy blue and emerald green!

Now that I’ve worn mine, I’ll have to get one for CJM soon. These make a great gift for anyone in your life. I like to add a special touch to any gift I give, and most Jord watch backplates can be engraved as well as their cedar humidor presentation boxes, too. Jord {pronounced Yode} is an American company based out of St. Louis and they’re constantly developing new designs. The watches are are a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components.

 If you’re looking for a gift {or to gift yourself!}, Jord + I have a great opportunity for you. Simply click the link below and register to win $100 off any Jord Wood Watch! You’ll be contacted in a month via email once the contest closes if you’re the winner. Be sure to enter, as every entrant will get a little surprise, too!


 Wooden Wrist Watch

St. Patrick's Season in Dublin, GA

I think anytime you live in a small town, people complain. There's not enough restaurants, shops, or things to do. I've always been one to throw myself into anywhere I've lived and be involved in {too} many activities and organizations so I always feel busy. March, and most of February, in Dublin, Ga., is definitely a season where there isn't "nothing to do."

I'm a part of the volunteer-based Dublin-Laurens St. Patrick's Festival Committee that works all year to coordinate over 50 events throughout our community from mid-February through the end of March. This is my first year on the committee, and I honestly didn't realized just how much goes on during these six or so weeks until I got so involved! This is one of my favorite volunteer activities because it directly benefits our little community, but also because there are so many great people involved in all of our efforts.

This past weekend, we had our annual Irish Balloon Fest and I got to experience my first ride in a hot air balloon! As someone who is terribly afraid of heights {with the exception of roller coasters...I know, makes no sense} I was really proud of myself for just hopping in the basket and taking off. It was the coolest thing! A little scary as we topped the trees, but once we were up high enough, the quiet and stillness of the sky was something magical. We were able to see a couple of miles out in each direction and landed right in Downtown Dublin. There was also a balloon glow and tethered rides Saturday night which is such a beautiful sight to see.

This is officially the week of green in Dublin, with something going on every single day! I'm looking forward to taking pictures at the Leprechaun contest Tuesday night, visiting the Capitol in Atlanta Wednesday for the official festival proclamation by Governor Kemp, working and eating at the Pancake Supper Thursday night and attending the 20's-themed gala Friday evening. Super Saturday will hold the parade, corned beef and cabbage lunch, arts and crafts festival, ShamROCK and Munchies in the Park with all of this capped off by a special St. Patrick's brunch at the country club Sunday morning.

It's busy, and I'm tired already, but it's so much fun being green. For more info and a list of all events, visit:

Check out my St. Patrick's Highlight on Instagram for a recap of all the fun! @piperellice