Monday, April 8, 2013

Staycation


Noel and I were long overdue for a vacation.  We've been trying to find the time, money, etc....but it's just so hard!  So we decided to vacation in our own city for a little "staycation", and my sister, Jessica came to stay with the boys.  (What would I do without her?!) We had so.much.fun.  

On Friday night we went shopping with our gift cards from Christmas...Christmas!!...ate a yummy dinner, and then picked up (my fave) Phish Food before heading back to the hotel.  Can we talk about how awesome the Renaissance in North Hills is?  The third picture?  That's me...in the bathroom...watching the tv that is IN the mirror.  And yes, I watched Bride Day Friday on TLC while I took the longest shower of my entire life.

My one requirement for this staycation was that I got to sleep in.  Even though I woke up at 645am (boo), I went right back to sleep until 9.   The last picture, although without makeup, is me...fully refreshed, ready to see my babies, and ready to watch Conference.  

Have you vacationed your own city lately?

I hope you all had a great weekend!

55 comments :

fashion-meets-art said...

wonderful pictures. looks like fun.
kisses to you

maren anita

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Veronica and Daniel said...

A mirror with a TV in it?! Yes, Please! We are big fans of "staycations", there is a hotel we like about 45 minutes away in a cute little town. Far enough to be 'away' but not so far that we have to make a huge trip out of it :) Looks like you had a wonderfully relaxing time!

Annie said...

What an awesome little staycation! That hotel looks gorgeous, and that ice cream looks ahhhmazing :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Heather said...

Staycations are the best! Love just hanging around and getting stuff done around the house!

XO
Pearls & Paws

Katie said...

I was just telling Chad I want to do this before the baby's born. You've convinced me!

Rebecca S. said...

That is such a great idea! I'm sure you needed the break, glad you had a great time. Oh and if I had a tv in the bathroom mirror, I would have just sat down in the shower. just sayin'

Katie said...

how fun!! that hotel looks awesome! and i love bride day on fridays! :)

Rebecca said...

How awesome! The Renaissance sounds so, so nice. My brother and his wife stayed there for their honeymoon night, and they said it was wonderful! Staycations are aaawesome. I'll actually be taking a week off work to stay at the house by myself! The kids will get taken to daycare/school, and I will stay at the house in the peace and quiet. I can't wait!

Katie Skelley said...

Super cool! And what a nice bathroom! I am a hotel bathroom snob--nothing worse than a fancy room with a funky bathroom! ;)

Helene said...

that sounds absolutely perfect!! I think I need to schedule one of those.

Hailey LoveLaughterandLipstick said...

I LOVE staycations! What a great way to reenergize. We have never stayed at a hotel in ATL, but we do occasionally try to make it to new things! We live less than 10 miles from Stone Mountain and have never been to the laser show! We have climbed it, played at the playgrounds and such but never stayed. I can hear the fireworks all summer from our backyard. In other words I think we need to do that staycation soon. :)
Hailey @ Love, Laughter and Lipstick

Marsa said...

ahsley! my swimsuit is from bevswim. she makes custom suits :)

LEIGH said...

That sounds like it had to be just a wonderful idea! Looks like a great vacation! Kevin and I are planning on having a staycation this year instead of a vacation, with a baby on the way and everything...

lori said...

Such a great idea! Glad you were able to have some time away and get some much needed sleep! I'll have to remember the staycation idea for after the baby comes and I need a break/rest :)

Grass Skirt said...

I love staycations! I'm glad you had fun. :) We used gift cards from Christmas too over the weekend!
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Cortne said...

That is such a great idea. Lee and I are always talking about doing this and never do. I think I will now. And your outfit is sooo cute!
Cortne
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Courtney B said...

Best idea ever! Eric and I are in desperate need of something! Time to focus on just us sounds perfect!

Kayla Peveler said...

A TV IN THE MIRROR?!?! ommgg...amazing! So happy you guys got a night away with yourselves! So romantic.

Also, Caleb and I have a gift card from Christmas 2011 we haven't used!! 2011!!!! Hahaa

Kristen said...

So glad you did this!!! I have never done a staycation before but now you've convinced me. I know you did another one in Cary...which did you like best?

Alexa said...

Glad you enjoyed your little staycation!
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Emily said...

the tv mirror is amazing, but phish food wins all the cool points of this post ;) love love that flavor!

TheTinyHeart said...

That sounds like SO much fun! The tv in the mirror is a genius idea...I need that in my apartment. :)

-Sharon
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vogueandheels.com said...

Lovely pictures! Sounds like a lot of fun and I love your blue shirt!

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wow it looks so nice!!!! xO!
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The Not Quite Military Wife said...

TV in the mirror? I'm so jealous of that bathroom. Glad you got a well earned vaca!

Samantha (at) Life Style Love said...

No makeup?! You are stunning!
Good idea for some relaxing time with your husband :)

Talisha Reupena said...

No make-up and you are still stunning!! So glad you are refreshed.
Little getaways are always the best. Quality time with your husband is a MUST!
My husband and I try to do that at least once every couple of months.

carrieburke said...

Staycations are the best! Me, my mom, and my sisters usually will take one spontaneously and stay in a nice hotel downtown and go explore the more "touristy" parts of the city that we don't get to see too often. I hope you had an amazing weekend (it definitely looks like it was great)!

- Carrie

Rachel said...

I've done some staycations in nearby towns and it's amazing! Just being away from work, stress, and all that stuff is so nice. Plus, there's something relaxing about staying at a hotel I think!

Sofia Donatelli said...

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Hope you had a great weekend.

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Colleen said...

Yay for some couple time!!! Sounds divine to me : )

smk053078 said...

Good for you guys!! Ross and I try to do this every now and again...it's so nice to have time for yourself...reconnect and relax. And I wish I looked that good without makeup! :)

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

Love this! I'm jealous of your sleeping in....I'm in serious need of that right about now! Hope you have a refreshed week friend!!!

Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

What a fabulous idea!!!

Ashley said...

I seriously need some sort of vacation. I don't care if we hole up in a hotel in town just want to get out of the house!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

I have the hardest time sleeping in. Must be because I'm so used to the kiddos waking me up early every morning. I think my hubby and I are going to take a mini-vacation soon. It's just good to get away with not a care in the world!

Amy

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Nicole | Pharr Away said...

I love the Renaissance Hotel! We stayed there the night that we got married and it was absolutely amazing!!!

We usually do at least one staycation / year...I think it's time we I get to planning!

Lauren said...

I'd love to go on a vacation but it will have to wait for awhile. That makes me love the idea of a staycation even more. I'm sure there is so much to see if you plan it, too! :)

Lauren
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Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Conference was so good! Looks like you had a great weekend. What a great sister to watch those babies! Happy Monday Ashley :)

Roxy Sun said...

fun fun fun!!! xoxo

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Robin said...

What a fun idea! We haven't done this, but we would like to get a hotel room in one of the cities where we are usually obligated to stay with family. Not to sound cruel, but sometimes it is more fun to stay in a hotel and not feel obligated to follow your relatives' rules, schedule, etc.

Head to Toe Chic said...

Isn't that hotel the best?! We stayed there on our wedding night and the TV in the mirror is the coolest thing ever. Did you have breakfast there in the morning? It's the best in Raleigh. I'm glad you guys had fun!!

xo,
Angela

Carlie said...

Sounds like a great Staycation! The TV in the mirror sounds pretty cool!

Jordyn Sifferman said...

Super adorable and relaxing weekend! In my eyes any weekend that includes phish food is perfect!
xxoo
Jordyn
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Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

So much fun! I would love to be a tourist in Nashville and stay in one of the nice hotels downtown! #bucketlist
xx
Here&Now

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh, so fun! Looks like a wonderful and relaxing time! :)

Emmy said...

How awesome would that be, just something simple but a chance to get away. So lucky you have your sister close to help out

Sam M said...

We did a staycation a few years ago, where we stayed at a b&b and I went snowboarding for the first time. Sometimes they're just what you need to feel refreshed! I'm glad that you guys had a good one.

judith said...

Bonitas imágenes!!
Saludos
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Arielle said...

I have never done a staycation but I think it's an awesome idea. It's just nice to recharge once in a while! I can't believe the mirror had a TV.

Elsha said...

Oh how I love the staycations :) We did one over Valentines and it was pretty darn great! And because you wouldn't let us comment on those fabulous grey bedrooms above, I will tell you here how amazing that first pic is.

That's all :)

tiarenie said...

we had a staycation over "spring break" here and i loved it! it ended up being more relaxing than an actual vacation. by the way - i love your denim top!

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

I'm glad you got a break! I got to sleep in today... and yet here I am wide awake at six thirty this morning telling you I understand the impossible of sleeping in.

Brooke Houston said...

Happy vacationing! Staycations are the best! I was watching bride day too, so much fun! I actually saw my wedding dress on one of the episodes of say yes to the dress atl!!!

rooth said...

It's sweet of y'all to take some time out and spend it together. I hope you were able to go back relaxed and ready!

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